Ahead of Motherwell’s hosting of Celtic at Fir Park tomorrow night, there’s been an intriguing development in the Steelmen’s training camp.
Tony Watt has been spotted training with the North Lanarkshire side in the run-up to tomorrow’s game. Clyde 1 reporter Alison Conroy published the development on Twitter.
Tony Watt’s training with @MotherwellFC.
Stephen Robinson: “Tony’s a local boy, a very good footballer. We’ve let him come in & train with us without anybody wanting anything out of it at this stage”
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) February 4, 2020
The move comes after Watt left Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia, where he was told he could leave in January to find a new club (Daily Record).
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has touched on Watt’s invitation to train at Fir Park, and, as reported by Conroy’s Twitter, said the following:
“Tony’s a local boy, a very good footballer. We’ve let him come in & train with us without anybody wanting anything out of it at this stage.”
There seems to be admiration there, but Watt won’t play tomorrow
There’s no need to be concerned about some sort of fairytale story tomorrow for Watt then. He clearly won’t be playing for them given nothing official has been agreed.
This, if anything, looks like an informal invite. Neither side has committed to anything, and Watt is clearly just trying to tick himself over.
Robinson’s language here is interesting, however. He states that neither side has committed to anything just yet. He also describes Watt as a “very good footballer”. It’s an interesting choice of words from the Northern Irishman.
What’s clear here is that he must have some admiration for him. It looks to be a case of seeing what Watt can still provide before taking a punt on him. Failed spells at both Hearts and St Johnstone mean that it’s not a surprise to see the Steelmen take their time over him.
Watt is best known for scoring the winner for Celtic in a Champions League clash with Barcelona back in 2012. However, since then his career has never managed to stabalise. CSKA Sofia was his eighth club since leaving Parkhead in 2014. He’s now on a hunt for his ninth.
However, it’s clear he won’t be playing tomorrow night. For the romantics amongst our support, that will be a bit of a relief. The last thing we need is any sort of written in the stars moment.