Report: Behind the scenes issues for Motherwell emerge ahead of Celtic Park clash

By Euan Davidson

December 11, 2021

It’s hardly been an ideal build-up for Motherwell ahead of visiting Celtic Park tomorrow, with top scorer and former Celtic striker Tony Watt rejecting a new contract, according to the Scottish Sun.

According to the report, Watt “amicably” broke off talks with ‘Well chiefs. Watt, who made his name at Celtic with a historic winning goal against Barcelona, has a contract in North Lanarkshire that runs out in the summer.

It’s a significant blow for Motherwell and their supporters. Watt is currently the league’s top scorer, even topping Japanese sensation Kyogo Furuhashi [BBC].

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Watt truly seemed to have found a home at Motherwell. In May, he was voted as the club’s Player of the Year [MFC]. Not only that, his consistency and performances had led to calls for a nod from Scotland manager Steve Clarke.

Instead, what seemed like a secure situation has changed; and right before facing Celtic.

Surely, Motherwell boss Graham Alexander will still play Watt tomorrow, but there’ll be a conflict brewing in the Manager of the Month’s mind with Watt seemingly not looking for permanence at Fir Park.

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Motherwell uncertainty over Tony Watt plays into Celtic hands tomorrow

It’s probably not a story that Motherwell wanted out on the eve of visiting Celtic Park. In a sense, it’s easy to feel quite sorry for them.

Especially when, on paper, everything seems environmentally advantageous for Tony Watt at Motherwell. He’s confident, reportedly very happy, even expressing as much to the Daily Record this week. Watt said [Record]: “I am happy. I am enjoying football again.

“There have been times in my life when I have hated it and there have been times when I have been happy and confident.”

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It’s the kind of upheaval that could play into the hands of Celtic tomorrow. With our own striker woes, behind the scenes unsettlement amongst our opposition could certainly sow some seeds of doubt.

Watt’s colleagues, for example, would be justified in some confusion. The manager will debate picking the league’s top scorer, given the circumstances. Motherwell’s primary goal threat turning down a deal doesn’t look that great for anyone here.

For Celtic, it’s obviously about focusing on their own game and resolving to get a sorely needed three points. But some pre-match drama at Motherwell ahead of visiting Celtic Park?

It doesn’t harm us, that’s for sure.

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