By Paul Robinson

9th Jan, 2020 | 6:09pm

'Just desperate' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to official Celtic statement

Paul Robinson says he thinks Scott Sinclair was “desperate” to get out of Celtic after moving to Championship side Preston North End.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he does not see the 30-year-old spending long at Deepdale but that he just needed to go somewhere that he would play.

Celtic confirmed on Wednesday that they had agreed a deal with the English outfit over the permanent transfer of Sinclair after three-and-a-half years at Parkhead.

Robinson says he does not think the move is one of ambition from Sinclair but one driven by his need to be playing regular first-team football.


“He’s not got a look in, has he? He’s not had any game time under Neil Lennon, he’s been left out of it,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“For me, it just looks like frustration, it looks to me like he’s completely fed up of the lack of football and he’s just going somewhere where he’s going to play football.

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“Preston are having a good season, they’re looking like they’re trying to get in the play-offs. I don’t see it as a long-term move for him, for me it just looks like an experienced player who’s had enough of not playing football and is just desperate to play.” 

Sinclair only played seven times during his final half a season at Celtic Park, having fallen dramatically down the pecking order under Neil Lennon.

He was one of the driving forces behind the club’s first treble-winning campaign under Brendan Rodgers and leaves with 62 goals and 167 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys.

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.