Former Celtic striker Tony Watt has opened up on his need for stability in football, as he settles into life with Motherwell.
Watt was allowed to leave Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia back in January before quickly being snapped up by the Steelmen on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
It continues a massive period of instability in the former Parkhead man’s career. Watt, known famously for his winner for Celtic against Barcelona in the Champions League back in 2012, has already made six appearances for Motherwell and has netted two goals (Transfermarkt).
However, he’s yet to stay with a club for two years since his Celtic days. Speaking to the Scottish Sun meanwhile, Watt has opened up on his need for a place to settle down.
“I need to be somewhere for a period of time – I tried to do it at St Johnstone last year but, for one or two reasons, it didn’t work out. I’ve been lucky with the set-up at Motherwell, coming back to Scotland after my time in Bulgaria, with them in third place.
“I need to be at a club for two years — minimum. If I can play well enough, I need to be somewhere to make a mark rather than having this untapped potential. Everyone says, ‘Oh, he’s got ability but he’s not done it’.
“I need to put positive words in people’s mouths by staying in one place for a long period of time and not moving. I’m out of contract soon but the club has been good and told me I’m there to the summer with a view to next year.”
A positive start to his Motherwell career for Watt
Watt has flirted with far too many clubs in the past. To put it into perspective, he’s played for 10 different teams since he last played for Celtic. Time in Bulgaria, England, and Belgium have all came and went without stability.
Motherwell, however, have offered Watt with a lucky reprieve. After his failed spell at both St Johnstone and CSKA Sofia, things looked bleak. He hadn’t impressed with both Hearts and Saints in the Premiership in recent years. The fact Stephen Robinson saw something in him must lift his confidence in his own ability.
However, at the same time, this feels like last chance saloon. Watt has almost been a bit of a drifter when it comes to his football career. With someone of his raw pace and power as a youngster, his lack of achievements has proven to be a disappointment.
If the current health crisis eases and we get to finish the current campaign, Watt could even be playing in European football next year. That would be a massive stage to showcase his talents.
It’s important to remember that Watt is only 26 too. He still has some big years ahead of him with his prime still to arrive. It’s vital he’s doing that at Premiership standard at least.
Only goals and performances will help him to extend his stay at Fir Park. With two strikes to his name so far, however, he’s on the right path.