SCOTT SINCLAIR was praised for a “polished performance” by boss Alex Neil after the former Celtic favourite inspired Preston North End to a 2-1 victory over Charlton at Deepdale at the weekend.

The ex-Hoops fans’ favourite, who claimed 62 goals in his three-and-a-half-years at Parkhead following his £4.5million arrival from Aston Villa in August 2016, left the champions earlier this month.

And it hasn’t taken long for the one-time England international to make an impression at his new club as the victory over Lee Bowyer’s side moved them to within two points of a Premier League play-off position.

Following a brief cameo against Blackburn Rovers the previous weekend, the 30-year-old forward was given the nod to start.

Former Hamilton Accies gaffer Neil believes Sinclair will prove to be an important part of his jigsaw and has the ability to fire the team to the top flight.

The Scot, speaking to #pnefc, said: “I thought it was a polished performance from Scott.

“He played the 90 minutes and he’s only played one game or so in three months before this one. That’s testament to his professionalism and he’s a real athlete.”

Preston had to gain the points the hard way after falling behind to a goal from their loanee Andre Green, but Josh Harrop levelled and Patrick Bauer headed in the winner.



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