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IN PICTURES: SO LONG, SCOTT SINCLAIR – A SALUTE TO A HOOPS HERO

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TEN AND OUT! That was the total of honours for Scott Sinclair before the curtain came down on his glittering three-and-a-half year Celtic career.

The popular Hoops forward hit the ground running as a Hoops player when he came on as a substitute only one day after his £4.5million move from Aston Villa at the start of the 2016/17 Premiership season.

Sinclair came on for Stuart Armstrong and rifled the winner beyond Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton for the points-clincher at Tynecastle on August 7 2016.

This week he said farewell to the champions and the loyal supporters as he agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League promotion-chasing Preston North End.

Sinclair played his part in winning three Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups – ten in a row – before heading for the exit with only six months left on his contract.

CQN has looked back at the Englishman’s glory days since his arrival.

Here is the pick of the pics from our ace lensmen.

WELCOME TO CELTIC, Mr SINCLAIR…new Bhoy Scott Sinclair comes on for Stuart Armstrong to make his debut against Hearts at Tynecastle on August 7 2016.

CAPITAL GAINS…Scott Sinclair fires in the winner against Hearts to get his Celtic career off to a flying start. 

JOY BHOYS…Scott Brown celebrates with the Hoops’ new £4.5million signing.

CHEERS…Scott Sinclair applauds the fans as he comes off the Tynecastle pitch.

DERBY DAZE…Scott Sinclair, watched by Tom Rogic, slams in a shot with Ibrox defender Clint Hill too late to intervene.

GLASGOW BELONGS TO ME…Scott Sinclair sweeps the Ibrox winner past keeper Wes Foderingham on Hogmanay 2016.

CELEBRATIONS…Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths share the joy as Wes Foderingham ruefully looks at the ball in the net.

PRIZE GUY…Scott Sinclair with the Premiership title at the end of his first season.

HAMPDEN HEROES…Scott Sinclair (back tow, extreme right) lines up with his Celtic team-mates before the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final win over Aberdeen in 2017. Back row (left to right): Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths, Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Scott Sinclair; front row: Stuart Armstrong, Mikael Lustig, Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney and Patrick Roberts.

CUP THAT CHEERS…Scott Sinclair dances with delight after the victory.

LEAGUE CUP SMILES…Scott Sinclair (extreme right) is all smiles with his colleagues after the 2-0 success over Motherwell in the 2017 silverware showdown. 

SPOT ON…Scott Sinclair steers in a crucial penalty-kick in a 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park – only days after the Hampden triumph.

SHHH…Scott Sinclair has a message for the Well fans after his spot-kick goal.

WINNING SMILE…Scott Sinclair is a happy Bhoy following a goal from Stuart Armstrong against Hearts.

SILVER LINING…Scott Sinclair with the Scottish Cup after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in 2018.

FIST OF GLORY…Scott Sinclair after scoring against Dundee at Dens Park.

WHOOPS…Scott Sinclair fires a penalty-kick towards the Aberdeen goal in the 2018 League Cup Final.

OOPS…Scott Sinclair collapses to the turf and holds his head in his hands after Dons keeper Joe Lewis makes a brilliant diving save. Tom Rogic and Lewis Ferguson can hardly believe it.

SILVERWARE SMILE…Scott Sincair with the trophy after Ryan Christie’s winner against the Pittodrie side.

YIPPEE…Scott Sinclair celebrates with Odsonne Edouard after the Frenchman’s winning strike in the Scottish Cup Final last summer.

WINNING AND GRINNING…Scott Sinclair and the trophy after the 2-1 success over Hearts.

THE GLORY PARADE…Scott Sinclair and his team-mates celebrate the historic treble treble.

JUST CHAMPION…Scott Sinclair enjoys his third title triumph at Celtic as skipper Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig hold aloft the trophy.

RARE APPEARANCE…Scott Sinclair struggled for game-time this season and on this occasion he tries to unlock the Hibs defence after coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Easter Road in September.

HAPPY FAMILIES…Scott Sinclair with his partner Helen Flanagan, daughter Matilda and the Premiership trophy in May 2017.

 
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