Barca beater and former Celtic youngster Tony Watt earns new accolade

By Euan Davidson

May 18, 2021

Former Celtic youngster Tony Watt, or “Tony WaaaaaTTTTTT!” as it’s more commonly pronounced, has had an interest career.

Watt, who of course scored the goal against Barcelona in 2012 [UEFA], has seemingly found a home in Motherwell. Having left Celtic, Watt starred in Belgium for Lierse SK and Standard Liege, before a spell in England. There, he played for Charlton and Blackburn, while he’s also taken in spells at Cardiff, Hearts, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, St Johnstone and OH Leuven.

Contracted until the end of next season, though, Watt has settled and found a place to thrive. It’s no surprise that he’s the Steelmen’s Player of the Year for 20-21.

Capped once by Scotland, Watt has put himself in the picture as one of the league’s best forwards. The 27-year-old scored 7 in all competitions this season [Transfermarkt], while providing 7 assists and being a nuisance for defenders league-wide.

The likeable Coatbridge-born striker looks to have really made a home in North Lanarkshire, with new boss Graham Alexander having to deal with significant turnaround at the club. Watt, however, can surely be certain of a place in Alexander’s first-team for 21-22.

Tony Watt: an immortal goal / (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Great to see former Celtic man and Barca slayer Tony Watt thriving elsewhere

Listen, it doesn’t always work out for Celtic youngsters. Even those with goals as famous as Watt’s, a moment etched into the minds of every Bhoys fan. His remarkably cool finish under extreme pressure against Barca marked him out as a potential Hoops striker for years to come.

Ultimately, that didn’t happen, but instead Watt has enjoyed a genuinely exciting career, taking in several levels of football in some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

His is a once-in-a-kind career, the type that makes for fascinating stories, as his Open Goal interview shows. An articulate, well-travelled and hard-working striker, we wish Tony Watt the best for next season. If he can recreate some of the creative form he showed in 20-21, he’ll be a mainstay under Alexander.

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