By Noel Whelan

10th Jan, 2020 | 7:25pm

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Noel Whelan has applauded Celtic for managing to get a transfer fee out of Scott Sinclair’s exit to Preston North End.

The former Aberdeen and Livingston striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Hoops did well to get cash in the bank on a player who was out of contract at the end of the season.

Celtic confirmed in midweek that Sinclair had secured a permanent move to the Championship outfit, Football Insider revealing that the Bhoys had accepted an offer of less than £1million for his signature.

However, having seen Sinclair sink like a stone down the pecking order at Parkhead, as well as being up for a free in the summer, Whelan says he is impressed Celtic managed to get anything for him.

“Good luck to him and well done Celtic for getting something,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“You could very easily sit there as a player and say: ‘I’ll just go on a free transfer and probably double my wages without a signing fee.’ It looks like both player and club have helped each other there.

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“You’ve got to get something rather than nothing. A million pounds is better than nothing, he’s been a great servant and I’m sure that with what he’s contributed to Celtic throughout the years and their success, he’s done more than many have up there in Scotland.”

Sinclair leaves Parkhead with 167 appearances, 62 goals and 34 assists to his name and will be remembered for the role he played in helping the Hoops secure the domestic treble under Brendan Rodgers.

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.