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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. enattendanthector on

    Burchill, Creaney, Millar, Watt – all seeming to have what is required but all seemingly unable to achieve what less able players could achieve. It takes more than ability.

  2. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    Big Joe

     

     

     

    11:24 on 28 July, 2014

     

     

     

    ger57

     

     

    11:23 on 28 July, 2014

     

     

    Suppose Celtic beat Legia and qualify for the plat off round and we draw Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do we play them?

     

     

    THATS A MEGA QUESTION…………………………

     

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    Of course we will play them (should the situation arise) do you think our board would deny the police the opportunity to arrest those pesky offensive trouble makers waving Palestinian flags or give the SMSM the opportunity to portray us all as anti-Semites?

     

     

    Would be bloody interesting :-)

  3. Edwardburns5.

     

     

    No I look at every single incident and it reaffirms my view that the board have no clear strategy that involves trying to improve football at celtic and that they simply have no ambition other than to get as much money from the support as possible.

  4. Big wavy. We must agree to disagree

     

    As a team we will more likely go backward than forward under PL as we will never push the boat out for a little piece if quality

     

    Better to have one quality 1st eleven player earning 30k than to have 3 duds earning 10k who sit on bench

  5. BB @ 11.36

     

     

    Have to disagree.

     

     

    BTM plans: They never made sense and we can all ask why — why did we give him the job?

     

    I have my own thoughts and they stretch back to May 2005.

     

     

    PL gets stick from me because he has not delivered.

     

     

    He gave the TFOD a lifeline that would have delivered if SDM had any backbone and a better relationship with the bank / his Speccy Society pals had produced the goods.

     

     

    We are not growing we are stagnating.

     

    RD is a “Hail Mary” pass looking to deliver a coaching bonus.

     

     

    PL and the Irish Raj need to put skin in the game.

     

    We are currently being run as a cash cow — this is not where I want to be.

  6. Big Joe

     

     

    Should the seeded teams win their ties, Maccabi Tel Aviv would be one of five possible opponents for Celtic. That’s only odds of 4/1.

     

    MTA would be the second lowest ranked team in the draw, so favourable in football terms. But it would create an almighty row on here.

     

    Perhaps we should petition UEFA to have MTA suspended from the competition. Bob Kelly had UEFA redraw the Euro competitions in 1968, following the USSR invasion of Czechoslovakia.

  7. Barcelona

     

    I remember turning to Joe stood next me, we were all standing by then, when the board went up for 3 extra minutes, and asking “do you think we can hang on?” That was before the genius Messi scored!

     

    So thank you for your contribution Tony Watt, well done.

     

    Well done too to all the other Celtic players that beautiful evening, ( no’ bad goal from big Vic).

     

    What about our magnificent support that evening?

     

     

    Point is a lot of Players have delivered consistently for Celtic since then and many more will in the future and we will still Celtic.

     

     

    Tony Watt made his choices. He now lives with the consequences not us.

     

    I’m all for given people chances, (I still hang out with BJMac and Bournesouprecipe), but Tony has had plenty of chances, he now has a further one albeit in Belgium.

     

    Good luck son but this is not an opportunity to berate the board or our new management team.

     

     

    EC67

  8. So Ronny wanted Tony Watt at Stromsgodset. So what? That was for Stromsgodset, not Celtic.

     

     

    Personally never understood the fuss about Tony Watt. A couple of good goalscoring performances in the SPL, and that one brief shining moment. But he was no Charlie Nicholas, no Gary Hooper, not even a Scott McDonald.

     

     

    I wish the lad all the luck, Liege is a good city to live in.

  9. sorry to see Tony Watt go thought he was a decent prospect myself all the best for the future to him hope he is a great success.

     

    Do we play Tel Aviv if we draw them yes & hammer them.

  10. • The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie

     

    11:37 on 28 July, 2014

     

     

    Big Joe

     

    10:15 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Sorry to see MEGA Watt go……………………

     

    But 2 managers, hang on 3 manager’s can’t all be wrong.

     

    BigJoeWOULDlike2kickWATTuptheArse

     

    ~~~~~~~~~

     

    Big Joe…..Nursin’ His Big Toe…

     

    Bobbin’ Oan The Injun’ Ocean..

     

    Dusky Maidens Eether Side…

     

    Panderin’ Tae His Ev’ery Whim…

     

    An’ Nary A Cirrus… In Sicht..!

     

    Ma Richt..?

     

    ———————-

     

    So WHO’S The ‘Spoilt One’..!!?

     

    GhostOfWilliamMcGonigleCSC

     

     

    I agree……………………….. I think

  11. enattendanthector

     

     

    11:40 on 28 July, 2014

     

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    Creaney was our best striker at the time he was sold to Portsmouth for £600k by Lou Macari to raise funds for players.

     

     

    LM was given £100k by the Kelly’s so, Macari being the, mercurial type that he was….went out and bought Wayne Biggins to fire the Celtic supporters up and, get on with the bhoycotts instead of having meetings to, talk about bhoycotting.

     

     

    Macari knew that, the Celtic supporters were dragging their a#ses instead of, delivering the killer blow to a board who were prepared to take Celtic down a division, rather than get out and let the money men in to take the club forward.

     

     

    Macari knew that Biggins was a squib, he just got fed-up with the Celtic supporters and all their fecking about.

     

     

    Are the Celtic supporters any wiser these days?

  12. • NegAnon2

     

    11:39 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Hey big joe how ya doing. Good to hear from you.

     

    As you know I aim to light up everyone’s day :)

     

     

     

    I…………………….. doing good mate.

     

     

    I am convinced it’s the 2……….. by the way.

     

     

    Good to see you still have a different opinion on most topics, which is great for a good open debate.

     

     

    LiveLONGandProsper

  13. Neganon. I know I read them all :) but in this instance I fail to see how the board play a part because I have stated 4 experienced football professionals have looked at Tony Watt close up and said no thanks. Sometimes simple football matters are just that.

  14. • Frank Ryan’s Whiskey

     

    11:43 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Big Joe

     

    11:24 on 28 July, 2014

     

    ger57

     

    11:23 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Suppose Celtic beat Legia and qualify for the plat off round and we draw Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do we play them?

     

    THATS A MEGA QUESTION…………………………

     

    ===

     

    Of course we will play them (should the situation arise) do you think our board would deny the police the opportunity to arrest those pesky offensive trouble makers waving Palestinian flags or give the SMSM the opportunity to portray us all as anti-Semites?

     

    Would be bloody interesting :-)

     

     

     

    We’d be dammed if we did…………………

     

     

    And dammed if we didn’t……………………

     

     

    ItsSURE2happenThough

  15. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on

    ger57

     

     

    ‘Perhaps we should petition UEFA to have MTA suspended from the competition. Bob Kelly had UEFA redraw the Euro competitions in 1968, following the USSR invasion of Czechoslovakia’

     

     

    What about all the Russian clubs with their aggression in Ukraine and forceful takeover of Crimea? Or perhaps Turkish clubs too as their government discriminates against women and supports radical groups who butcher Christians like Isis?

     

     

    Let’s not discriminate let’s petition the lot!

  16. I can’t understand the furore if TW is sold for what I would say is a healthy price, my only concern is…will the transfer fee be used to strengthen our team and I don’t mean a hopeful youngster.

     

     

    We have a strong squad at the moment, it’s time to buy a player that gets bums off seats, it’s the least we deserve.

  17. Sorry to see Tony Watt go. I think he’s our best striker. Those who say he’s done nothing since the goal against Barca obviously didn’t see the goals he scored in Belgium, including 2 against Anderlecht, a CL team.

     

     

    I hope Celtic have got this one right.

  18. Jungle @ 11.57

     

     

    Tough call.

     

    Probably start with giving him and PL pelters.

     

    Then we could boycott the third strip.

  19. • Frank Ryan’s Whiskey

     

    11:43 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Big Joe

     

    11:24 on 28 July, 2014

     

    ger57

     

    11:23 on 28 July, 2014

     

    Suppose Celtic beat Legia and qualify for the plat off round and we draw Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do we play them?

     

    THATS A MEGA QUESTION…………………………

     

    ===

     

    Of course we will play them (should the situation arise) do you think our board would deny the police the opportunity to arrest those pesky offensive trouble makers waving Palestinian flags or give the SMSM the opportunity to portray us all as anti-Semites?

     

    Would be bloody interesting :-)

     

     

     

    We’d be dammed if we did…………………

     

     

    And dammed if we didn’t……………………

     

     

    ItsSURE2happenThough

     

     

    I think the petition route might be the way to go….

     

     

    But 4.1 with our luck, it’s a banker we get them.

     

     

    We will of course play them, bur cover oor arse with the petition…………

     

     

    Every1WillBehappyIsh

  20. the long wait is over on

    I am sorry to see TW leave in the sense that I think he has the talent to make it, without a shadow of a doubt.

     

     

    I don’t blame the club for selling him if the attitude isn’t right.

     

     

    I fear that he’ll join the long list of players who disappear from sight.

  21. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I have read on here, anecdotal evidence that Watt is a bit of a loner.

     

     

    Watching Saturday’s game, he displayed the attribute of a loner.

     

     

    On more than one occasion he had the opportunity to play a team mate in and decided to go alone, with no result.

     

     

    On the limited occasions that I have seen him, what sticks out is, his head down running with the ball.

     

    Looks impressive, but, eventually ineffective.

     

     

    Many young players have talent, but also have other parts of their game that need developing.

     

     

    That’s what coaching his for. Therefore it would appear that Tony is uncoachable, or is not prepared to listen.

     

     

    It has been suggested that his attitude stinks.

     

     

    If that is the case, then Jim Mc.Guinness would have had that sussed 18 months ago and was possibly the reason he was sent to Belgium, to sort himself out.

     

     

    It would appear that he came back much the same as he left and Deila came to the conclusion that Mc.Guinness reached.

     

     

    All conjecture on my part, but, no matter how talented he was, Mc.Guinness would not have him anywhere near his Donegal GAA squad if he had a bad attitude of wasn’t a team player.

  22. Edwardburns5 we should be strengthening ahead of the qualifiers not reducing already very limited options.

  23. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    This fanny delia would have got rid of jinky ,murdoch auld and many more of the Lisbon Lions

     

    I only care what a player does on the park,and Tony has never let us down ,right now we are only looking like flogging players and not signing anyone except a crocked keeper

     

    pirate pete must be licking his lips,we will flog all our good players sign poor replacement for very little,we will make another profit and his bonus will be safe

     

    makes you sick

  24. Sipsini – “We have a strong squad at the moment, it’s time to buy a player that gets bums off seats, it’s the least we deserve”

     

     

    Think you’ll find they all reside in Spain currently and not even the Sky/BT riches of England can entice them there. What chance have we ?

     

     

    Or are you bringing back the old ‘marquee player’ debate ?

     

     

    Sadly those ships have sailed too. Confirmed by such things as Ross McCormack going for £11m.

     

     

    We won’t know if our bums will be lifted until he comes as he’ll be an untested bum lifter from deep within the bowels of a club where his bum lifting is probably unappreciated or unseen as yet. No crowds will descend on Celtic Park for his arrival but many will mourn his exit 18 months later when he gets his dream move down south where he will raise bums off plusher seats for much much more money.

     

     

    Life ain’t fair csc

  25. Ellboy - I am Neil Lennon, YNWA. on

    Losing Tony Watt will not be felt so acutely, as he hasn’t been contributing directly to the first team. More worrying are the clubs who are sniffing round VVD, Forster and Efe. As if we don’t qualify for the CPL, I’d imagine all three will be sold on.

  26. Jungle SydNegaKevanon 3

     

     

    John Collins?

     

     

    According to Timbhoy2, he must have left the club because he wasn’t on the bench at the last game. So there ya go.

  27. Sydneg. Roy Keane I think has found his natural place in football post playing I.E. an assistant to a good manager (in both his jobs) and a good controversial TV pundit. I still have a lot of time for Roy although part of me will never forgive him for walking out on my country at the 2002 world cup, no matter what his issues were. My biggest fear was if he came to Celtic history could have repeated itself so I will not lose any sleep over the fact he never wanted the job.

  28. Ah well it did not work out forTony Watt.

     

    Shame that, as with all Celtic fans I was encouraged by his breakthrough but since then the breaks have not rolled for him.

     

    I wish him well, but players throughout our history have come and gone.

     

    Celtic are the fixed variable

     

    HH

  29. Looking further through Bert Kassies’ s site, “Seedings in the Champions League,” Celtic would be ranked 29th out of the 32 Group Stage participants.

     

    This really shows what we’re up against in Europe. We really punched well above our weight 2 years ago. Last year, we “played to par.”

     

    We will do well to achieve a 3rd place in the group stage and so qualify for the last 32 of the EL. Atletico Madrid boosted their co-efficient by dint of 3 good runs in the EL. So too did FC Salzburg who are now the top ranked team in our side of the CL qualifiers draw.

     

    The non champions side of the qualifiers is really scary. Arsenal could have a play off against Athletic Bilbao.

     

    Countyourluckystars CSC

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