Standard Watt


Two years ago, Tony Watt was putting a light under our fire. The debut goals at Motherwell, the point rescued at Dingwall, then came THAT goal, his future looked secure, but it’s been downhill since.

Tony has the athletic abilities to be a firm favourite, but Neil Lennon shipped him out a year ago, amid comments about the player sorting himself out. His manager at loan club Lierse was soon singing the same song. Now the player is in Liege as Celtic have accepted a bid from Standard for a player, who under different circumstances, would be considered a prodigy.

It is no surprise Ronny Deila has decided to cut him loose; what little we know about our new manager suggests he doesn’t offer too many last chances. For Tony, this is likely to be the last chance to build a memorable career, if he slips up at Standard, next stop will be the likes of Kilmarnock.

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  1. Por Cierto



    10:44 on 28 July, 2014



    Tony Watt has probably made the decision to leave Celtic por cierto




    Pretty much what I was implying earlier – the clubs may agree a fee but the player still has the final say in whether he wants to go or not – especially these days. Tony decided to go. I’m disappointed Tony didn’t make it at Celtic – he showed a lot of promise. He’s hoping he is better suited to his new club and makes a go of it.

  2. I remember thinking in the days after the Barca goal, if there would be similarities with Mark Burchill…i.e. scoring a goal to make it 5-1 against the huns as a youngster, a born & bred Celtic fan, but whose career would go downhill, never living up to the potential and hope that existed after scoring such a memorable goal….



    Hope I’m wrong about Tony and I wish him well, but I think you can add another to the list of players who go downhill after leaving Celtic.



    But Tony – thanks forever for that goal – and good luck.

  3. NatKnow



    When you think that our current manager tried to sign him last year then it all points to Tony making the final decision to go por cierto

  4. Por Cierto




    10:52 on 28 July, 2014




    Big Joe



    but once again not a very BIG club por cierto








  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    10:12 on 28 July, 2014



    There’s plenty time left in the transfer window

  6. Come on Tony, you were given a talent and an opportunity to do what most of us only dream about, pulling on the Hoops……..ok so you’ve moved on to Belgium………..but you still have a career…..and perhaps the chance to come back at a later stage!

  7. Sydney – From previous…..



    Skin of the teeth will also be dictated by having to play 3 qualifiers (thanks UEFA and those in our crap league regarding coefficients), the spectrum of the transfer window unsettling the support (FACT is we are intact going into these games) and getting up to speed. Our business model (sell the shopping window to young raw talent) is also going to be an unsettling one until such times as the rules change.



    I want success, like you, but equally the daft transfer window flirts for 3 months and then goes mad in the last week. Strange but true and it’s then we will do our business ‘by the skin of our teeth’.

  8. neganon2



    10:54 on 28 July, 2014


    I am astounded of forehead that people believe selling tony watt is good business.



    We aren’t exactly brimming over with strikers, we are a day or so away from a massive game. But we sell our striker. Don’t forget that Ronny wanted to sign watt at his old club. So did Ronny make this decision? Would you agree to this if you were the manager? Of course not.



    So we can now deduce that Ronny is a board patsy. He has no power and. No influence.



    Lawwell is making the decisions. He brought in Craig Gordon and he is selling tony watt.



    Other clubs want to do business now because they are trying to strengthen before the transfer window. Not celtic. We do the opposite.



    What now do you happy clappers say to the Ronny has to take time to judge before making decisions? You can’t have it both ways and the board will make fools of all of you (indeed all of us).



    Poor Ronny. Clearly overawed to get the job and now undermined at every opportunity.

  9. So Tony Watt is leaving Celtic.big big mistake ,Rony.realy who have we got that’s better than tony. Balde ,Derek , no its them 2 who should be leaving,totaly gutted if Watt goes.in fact this board of ours is the real culprits, time we had big changes in the boardroom.

  10. NegAnon2


    10:57 on


    28 July, 2014



    So the fact that RD wanted to sign Tony Watt and is now selling him is proof he’s a patsy?



    Maybe RD has spent the past couple of weeks thanking his stars that he didn’t sign him at his old club, having now worked with him.





    Pretty damning indictment of him,Paul.



    Not of his talent,we agree it is there in spades. Attitude and aptitude should go hand-in-hand for a professional athlete. It’s a short career,and he has wasted 18 months of it already.



    I’ve heard a few tales about the lad,and witnessed one myself too. He has a lot of talent,and a lot of growing up to do.



    Otherwise he will have a lot longer to ponder the error of his ways.



    The last bit is not pleasant,trust me.

  12. Thinking about the Tony Watt Mystery, I have concluded that , as a support, although all inclusive , we like the idea of a `local bhoy` being our star player. Tony Watt`s composure when he scored THAT goal gave many of us hope that here was the new Local Hero, an emotional link to the days of ` eleven players all from the Glasgow area`.


    We wanted this to be the case and we allowed it to cloud our collective judgement in our assessment of Tony. That he seems to be a bit of a rebel also made us warm to him.


    A realistic view is that, like many, many young players at our Club, he shows glimpses that he MIGHT become special. For whatever reason/reasons the Club have decided that that is not going to happen and have accepted a decent offer from another Club who are taking the chance that he will realise his potential. Time will tell which Club has made the better choice.


    Cheerio for now,








    Glorious Goodwood tomorrow,mate.



    Donkey Derby Day today.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

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  15. lennon's passion on

    Predicated on Saturday Tony wouldn’t make it at Celtic. Didn’t think he would be away so quick. Good luck Tony.

  16. Auldheid………..Canamalar………….I there a meeting being held soon re resolution 12 please?

  17. So Paul. Ronny doesn’t give 2nd chances My question to that is that us changing our striker policy now, ie the one where we play a guy until we realise he is no good then bring in the other no good one. Then revert back to the 1st one and round we go again.If Ronny indeed does not give 2nd chances we will be playing the under 18 striker by Xmas



    Big wavy. Thanks for you reply


    Indeed the 3 rounds are a nonsense


    However the champions route draws against teams that at must have half our turnover , so no excuses


    They are strengthening , we are not


    No excuses. CEO must be sacked if our income is not maximised

  18. We can only sell the players that other clubs want to buy, I don’t believe that any offers have came in for Balde.



    £1.2 million for Watt is a no brainer, he was not featuring and on Saturday when he did play, he didnt do much that made him look like a Million pound footballer, to be fair none of them did, albeit he was getting played out wide in the first half.



    I don’t believe RD is a patsy just yet, he will make signings and he will get us into the Champions league group stages, and after that the illusive treble maybe then we can all be happy.



    Clap clap clap








    11:03 on 28 July, 2014







    Glorious Goodwood tomorrow,mate.



    Donkey Derby Day today





    Ok mate, hope you vcan pick me a winner…………………………



    I have been doing quite well, got both Guinneesse and the derby winners




  20. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    Could never understand the Tony Watt ‘myth’. Born of 1 goal in the CL that i believe any Celtic forward should be capable of ‘putting away’ that is straight through with only the keeper to beat. Fairly sure even big Amido would have had a decent chance of scoring that chance :-)


    However outwith a couple of decent showings in the league coupled with some mediocre performances Tony showed nothing to indicate he was any better than any other forwards in the usual starting 11, despite some of the near messianic qualities attributed to the bhoy by some. Where i do I agree however is that he should have been retained ahead of the PPP’s (Perpetual Periphery Players) that our 1st team squad is currently littered with.


    Anywho wish the Lhad all the best with his career.

  21. West End of East End on

    NegAnon2 – Well named. A few massive jumps there mate, we didn’t sell our striker, we sold A striker who was on our books but couldn’t get a game in the first team. £1.2m for a player who can’t get a game is a good piece of business. A player who got better in each game he didn’t play.



    Another massive jump is that Ronny is a patsy, you said it so it must be true. Then you base the rest of your nonsense around this figment of your imagination, unbelievable…





    Congratulations on your Gold Medal performance today!



    You put my Dad off posting for years by blagging his preferred moniker,ya swine.



    Finally persuaded him to dip his toe into these shark-infested waters. He’s treading very carefully…

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