By Will Butcher
New Celtic star Scott Sinclair has revealed his decision to sign for Brendan Rodgers’ side was largely influenced by former Hoops man Stilyian Petrov.
The Bulgarian, who recently made an attempted Villa comeback after recovering from leukaemia, sold Sinclair on the atmosphere at Celtic Park.
Sinclair also spoke of how the veteran midfielder convinced him that a move to the Scottish Champions would help get his career back on track.
“[Petrov] told me about the atmosphere and the fans,” said Sinclair to the BBC Sport website. “He thought it would be great for me, to get my football back on track.
“That’s what I want to bring, the excitement back for playing.”
The winger made a £3.5 million switch from Aston Villa in the morning then came off the bench hours later with the game poised at 1-1 to score the winner for his new club, against Hearts on Sunday.
Sinclair’s move seems his team-up with Rodgers for a third time, after working with him at Swansea and Chelsea.
“Over the last two or three years, the football hasn’t been great for me and I just wanted to be at a club, enjoy it and playing under a manager who knows me and gives me the confidence to play freely,” Sinclair added to the BBC Sport website.
“Because I’ve known him for so long, he was saying ‘get your football back on track, enjoy it, play games’, and at this stage in my career, that’s the best option for me. With Celtic being a massive club, it was a no-brainer.”
The 27-year-old played his best football under Rodgers for the Swans between 2010-12, when the Welsh club were promoted into the Premier League and cemented their status in the top-tier.
Moves to Manchester City and Villa soon followed where the pacy winger struggled for form, scoring only two Premier League goals last season for the Midlands club, but a move to Celtic could help Sinclair find his best form once again.
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