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Celtic signs Sinclair

Scottish league champions Celtic has signed forward Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa on a four-year deal for a transfer fee of around £3 million.

Sinclair, 27, leaves relegated Villa after one season. The former Swansea man will once again play under manager Brendan Rodgers.

“It feels amazing to have joined Celtic,” Sinclair told the club’s official website. “It’s a massive club and I’m looking forward to it. I’m here now and I’m happy to be here.

“I can’t wait to get on the pitch. When I went back to Aston Villa for pre-season, I heard Celtic were interested, and I just knew I had to come here. I had to look at this move and I thought it would be great for me.

“And because I know the manager and I know what to expect, hopefully I can get off to a flying start.”

Sinclair scored 19 goals for Swansea in the Championship 2010/11 as Swansea won promotion to the Premier League with Rodgers as the manager.

“The manager [Rodgers] had a great influence when I was at Swansea and that’s when I played my best football,” Sinclair said. “And hopefully now I can get the best football out of me and get my form back out there and score goals and perform.

“I’m just hoping to come here, score some goals, create chances and hopefully excite the fans. I know Kolo Toure and Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City, but I’m sure it’s a great set of lads here and I’ll quickly settle in.”

Sinclair got off to a dream start for his new club as he came off the bench to score the winning goal in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hearts in the season opener on Sunday.

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