Back in August of 2016, Scottish Premiership champions Celtic secured the signing of talented winger Scott Sinclair, who penned a four-year deal with the Bhoys.
The 29-year-old had been playing his football at English giants Aston Villa but had just been part of a Villans side that were relegated from the Premier League, from which Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers took advantage by luring him north of the border to Parkhead.
And it’s fair to say that Sinclair’s arrival at Celtic Park went down particularly well with several supporters, who took to Twitter to express their delight and optimism at the news…
gr8 signing celtic hope gets some game time 2day
— pmcg-celtic.f.c. (@p_mc_garrigan67) August 7, 2016
What a signing. Welcome to Celtic Scott.
— ㅤ (@ClinicalDembele) August 7, 2016
great signing, pace, creativity and goals
— paul conlon (@rawchicken17) August 7, 2016
— Boca Bhoy (5K ) (@Boca_Bhoy) August 7, 2016
class player welcome to paradise Scotty
— galfa0710 (@galfa0710) August 7, 2016
Great for both parties
Scot you will love it here & we will love you
Enjoy & express yourself Hail Hail
— Criag Gordon’s cat (@moggy1888) August 7, 2016
Welcome to the Hoops wee man! Looking forward to seeing your silky skills at paradise! Hail Hail#Celtic#Well done
— Coly Bhoy (@coly_bhoy) August 7, 2016
And two years on, it’s clear that those Celtic fans were right to be thrilled with the winger’s arrival, as he has since gone from strength to strength to help the Bhoys continue dominating football north of the border.
The 29-year-old had struggled for many years prior to his move to Parkhead following his decision to leave Swansea City for Manchester City back in 2012, with the Englishman finding life difficult at the Etihad Stadium, to the point that he was shipped out on loan to West Brom and Villa before eventually signing for the latter permanently in 2015.
But the winger has since reinvigorated his career at Celtic in netting 44 goals and laying on 33 assists in just 115 appearances for Rodgers’ side, 25 goals and 13 assists of which came in his first season at the club in 2015/16 to help the Bhoys win the domestic treble.
And Sinclair produced the goods again the season after as they defended those three domestic trophies, with the former England Under-21 international bagging 18 goals and laying on 17 assists in all competitions for Rodgers’ side.
Thus, it’s pretty evident that the 29-year-old has played a huge part in helping Celtic maintain their domination of Scottish football, and in netting once and laying on three assists for the club already this term, he looks set to again be an integral cog in Rodgers’ squad at Parkhead.
Yes, he hasn’t been a regular in the early stages of this campaign, but such has been his efforts in Scotland since his move back in 2016, the winger is sure to be called upon by Rodgers during the season, and his prior exploits suggest that he will again produce the goods for the Bhoys.
As such, the positivity shown by those Celtic supporters little over two years ago has certainly been justified.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!