By Tom Blackburn

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the arrival of Scott Sinclair at Parkhead is imminent.

The Daily Record reported earlier that the 27-year-old is undergoing a medical in Glasgow and Rodgers confirmed that this was the case.

Talking at a club press conference, Rodgers said he hopes to sign Sinclair by Sunday night

“There’s no smoke without fire and there’s been a lot of smoke,” joked Rodgers, as quoted by the BBC. “Scott’s a player I know well. I’d hope to sign a player before the weekend.

“I had him in at Chelsea when he was 16 years of age out of Bristol Rovers, I know him probably as well as anyone and I know his qualities.

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“But there is a number of players that we are looking at and all of them we hope can improve the squad.”

“The squad will be better and stronger by the time we arrive at the next European games.

“We’d like to get in at least one new player before the deadline.”

The Bhoys have already completed deals for Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure and Kristoffer Ajer this summer ahead of the new Scottish Premier League season.

Rodgers has been desperate to set up a third reunion with the former England under-21 international after working with him at Chelsea and Swansea.

The Villains decided to buy Sinclair for £2.5million last summer, and in 27 Premier League appearances, Sinclair scored two goals.

Celtic have won the Premiership title for the past five seasons without the presence of bitter rivals Rangers.

But, with the Glasgow club making a return to the top-tier Rodgers will need to produce his best to fend off any competition from the Ibrox club.

In other Celtic news, a league-winning striker has backed Rangers to beat Celtic to the title.