Celtic

By Derek Smithson

Stiliyan Petrov has explained that he told Scott Sinclair that he would love playing for Celtic before he completed his move to the Scottish giants last summer.

The 28-year-old took Petrov’s advice and decided to make a £3million move from Aston Villa.

He enjoyed a sensational first year with the Bhoys and won the PFA Scotland Player of the Year for his performances.

Brendan Rodgers’ side won a domestic treble and managed to go through all of that unbeaten.

Sinclair played a major role in the club’s success, starring alongside the likes of Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong.

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Celtic legend Petrov has revealed that he spoke to Sinclair about a potential move to Scotland and told him to expect big things from the club.

“He asked me a lot of questions about the football and stadiums he would be playing in,” Petrov told the Daily Record. “I said he wouldn’t be impressed by the venues but he would be impressed by everything about Celtic – the fans and the club.

“I told him wherever he played he’d have thousands of very passionate Celtic fans wanting him to win. Now he thinks it’s the best place he has played. He has been blown away by it all. He’s won everything and the fans love him.”

Sinclair managed to rediscover the form that earned him a move to Manchester City and put behind a few difficult years behind him.

The left winger racked up 50 appearances last season across all competitions and was a regular in the starting line-up for Rodgers.

He managed to scored 25 goals and supply 11 assists in what was a superb first year with Celtic.

In other Celtic news, Leigh Griffiths revealed how Rodgers took pressure off the squad before Aberdeen.

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