Motherwell contemplate handing Tony Watt first start

By Hamish Carton

February 15, 2020

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson says he will make a decision over whether to give former Celtic man Tony Watt his first start this weekend.

The Steelmen host St. Mirren on Saturday afternoon as they aim to get their first win in five matches.

But they aren’t exactly blessed for striking options for the fixture, meaning that recent signing Watt could get the nod.

“Chris Long won’t be available, probably be out for a couple of weeks,” Robinson told the Evening Express.

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He felt a lot better this morning which is positive but we will get a scan.

“So we have to make a decision whether Tony Watt is ready to start the game.

“I don’t feel he quite is but needs must and we have young Ross Maciver, who certainly didn’t let us down against Hibs and he can get better and better.”

Watt after scoring against Barcelona (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Watt is still only 26

It will be very interesting to see if Watt can make an impression at Fir Park between now and the end of the season.

Since scoring against Barcelona in 2012, he has had ten different clubs with his longest spell coming at Charlton between 2015 and 2017.

Watt in action for Charlton (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Watt’s failed promise has been well documented but the crazy thing is that he’s still only 26-years-old.

If he can find a new home where he enjoys his football, he still has more than a decade of his career to go.

We won’t face Motherwell again in the league until after the split, but he could do us another favour against Rangers in the coming months.