Former Celtic star Tony Watt on life in Bulgaria

By David Walton

July 22, 2019

Tony Watt’s career took an unexpected twist this summer as he departed St Johnstone for CSKA Sofia.

The former Celtic striker has certainly had his knocks in football. Unsuccessful spells at the likes of Standard Liege, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, and Hearts have certainly knocked his reputation. His magical game-winning goal against Barcelona is very firmly in Watt’s rear-view mirror these days.

Watt did a decent job at McDiarmid Park, but scored only seven goals and nabbed five assists. CSKA Sofia then offered him a contract which he snapped up. That was despite the fact that Tommy Wright wanted to keep him in Scotland (The Courier).

Tony Watt made his CSKA Sofia debut in the Europa League (Filip Filipovic/MB Media/Getty Images)

It’s a move that has saved Watt’s career and given it a chance to flourish once more at a bigger club. And, speaking to the Sunday Post, the ex-Celt has opened up on how much he’s enjoying life in Bulgaria.

“The lifestyle is fantastic”

“I’m glad I’ve made this move to Bulgaria. The lifestyle is fantastic. We are living in a lovely part of the city and we enjoy going out for dinner or a coffee.

“We have different nationalities at the club, from Portuguese to Brazilians, and the club have made a real effort to integrate us all. This is a massive football club, with passionate fans and we need to do well. I want to play as many games as I can, score goals, provide assists and do my bit to bring success.

“To come and play for this club and follow in the footsteps of legends such as Stoichkov and Petrov is something I’m very proud of. Now, I need to make my mark here over the next two or three years. As soon as I signed, I just wanted to get over to Bulgaria and get stuck in.”

Tony Watt’s career can’t afford another false dawn

It’s great to see the former Celtic youngster enjoying his life and his football once more. At the age of 25, Watt has suffered too many knocks in the game for a man of his age. He can, in all honesty, count himself fortunate to be moving to a club such as Sofia given his lack of consistency elsewhere.

Watt seemed to start enjoying his football again with St Johnstone (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He’s now finding himself in the Europa League qualifiers this season with his new club. He’s only made one appearance, but he has a determination to make his mark in Bulgaria after failing to do so with far too many clubs.

When he left Celtic, you could’ve been forgiven for thinking that one day he could’ve returned a more-rounded player. But Watt just hasn’t found the platform or been able to rise to the challenges he’s had so far. In total, Watt has now played for, including Sofia, 11 different clubs by 25 years of age. He deserves some luck in the game, and hopefully, he takes it in Bulgaria.

This moment feels far too long ago (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A good few years with the Europa League outfit could really propel Watt’s game to bigger heights once again. It’s a career that’s stalled for too long with the raw talent Watt has.

It’s fair to say that the striker enjoyed his time with St Johnstone last season. Even if his goal return wasn’t the best, there was a smile on the former Celtic man’s face once again.

Hopefully, that continues in Bulgaria. Is this the move that finally springs Watt onto bigger and better things? We certainly hope so.