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‘I LIVED THE DREAM’ – TONY WATT

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TONY WATT will always be remembered for THAT goal and also for being something of a wasted talent as far as Celtic is concerned. After becoming one of the first casualties of Ronny Delia’s revolution at Celtic, Watt was shipped out to Standard Liege in Belgium for a fee of around £1.2M.

Wherever Watt goes he seems to be reminded of both the goal he scored against Barcelona and the waster accusations.

‘People have got an opinion and it’s not true – that’s fine. I have stopped fighting against it. I don’t really care.

‘I can be passionate and have arguments in training – but that’s because I want to win. That’s my character and I’m not going to change it – that’s just me.

‘I admit I wasn’t the best trainer until about eight months ago. But Neil Lennon, my first manager at Celtic, said ‘Tony, I don’t care how well you train as long as you keep playing like you do’. But then opportunities started to dry up and things changed.’

Watt become part the magic in Celtic;s history that November evening in 2012 in the Champions League when he scored the winner against Barcelona.

‘I speak about the Barcelona goal most days – people are always asking me what it was like.

‘I lived the dream with my boyhood club. We won the league, I played 40-odd games and scored that goal. I wouldn’t change any of it. It was what I had dreamed of since I was a wee boy.

‘Now I’m happy to start my career somewhere else, hopefully score goals and see where it takes me.’

Things never worked out at Standard for Watt and he recently signed for Charlton Athletic. Hopefully he can build a decent career for himself in England and emerge as the player the Celtic supporters hoped he might become.

 

 
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