By Wayne Veysey

9th Jan, 2020 | 7:00pm

Celtic deal agreed to sell big-earning star after asking price slashed - Sources

Celtic agreed to sell Scott Sinclair to Preston North End after slashing his asking price, Football Insider has learned.

The English Championship club announced last night they had signed the winger, 30, after he had finalised the terms of a two-and-a-half year contract.

This came just hours after Hoops boss Neil Lennon claimed his club had agreed to offload Sinclair on loan for the final six months of his contract.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the apparent U-turn came about and a permanent deal was settled after the club decided to reduce the fee they wanted for Sinclair to well below £1million.

The Scottish champions were eager to get the attacker off their books as he was in their top bracket of earners on around £35,000-a-week.

Sinclair has agreed to take a pay cut to join Preston and reignite a career that has flatlined over the last 12 months.

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He had been frozen out at Celtic since Lennon took over as manager last February from Brendan Rodgers, who had signed him in the summer of 2016 for £3million.

The ex-Aston Villa, Manchester City and Swansea City man was instrumental in the club’s triple treble and won the Scottish player of the year in his first season.

But Sinclair made just seven appearances for the Hoops this term and the only match he has started was the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Cluj last month when Lennon fielded a virtual ‘B’ team.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a forward has agreed to join the club after finalising the terms of a three-year contract.