Scott Sinclair is looking forward to seeing the Celtic supporters again after more than 18 months away from Parkhead.
The forward spent a hugely successful three and a half years with the Bhoys and he’ll see their fans again for the first time on Saturday since leaving in PNE’s third game of pre-season.
Unfortunately it will only be 2,000 inside the 60,000-seater, with no away fans allowed, but you can bet his name will still be ringing around the stadium.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Scott said in an interview with iFollow PNE. “It seems like a long time since I’ve left and haven’t been back since so it’s always great to go back and play at Celtic Park.
“Obviously there’s 2,000 fans, it would have been better to have more but it will be great to see some fans as well.
“I’ve got so many memories of being at Celtic at that time, making so many achievements and winning titles, so that’s always going to be part of me.
“Going back there is a great opportunity because it wouldn’t have normally happened other than a pre-season game.”
The game will bring PNE’s Scotland training camp to a close, having arrived at St Andrews last weekend and carried on their preparations against St Johnstone on Tuesday evening.
Scott was used up top in that fixture as part of a front two, as he was against Bamber Bridge, and he’s happy to be getting in the minutes ahead of the new season.
He said: “For me, it’s just about getting up to that match speed and I think it’s for everyone else as well. We need more game time throughout the pre-season to get fit and ready for the start of the season.
“I’m just sort of taking it in my stride. Obviously if Frankie wants me to play up top then I’ll play up there and create, that’s what I’m in the team for.
“When I do play it’s to create and score goals and make assists, so wherever I play in the team that’s what I’ll be hoping to do.”
The lads have been taking part in training sessions everyday so far in what has been glorious conditions north of the border.
Scotty added: “Obviously having this hot weather up here is not usual, so it’s nice to have a little bit of sun and get away. It’s nice to do pre-season in Scotland.
“We’re working hard as a team, it’s non-stop sessions every day. There’s not much down time, but this is what pre-season’s all about, getting up to speed ready for the season.”