Tony Watt hits back at Kelvin Wilson's Celtic criticism

By David Walton

October 13, 2019

Former Celtic striker Tony Watt has hit back at Kelvin Wilson’s criticism of why he never made it at Parkhead.

Wilson was on Open Goal with Simon Ferry back in January when he had a pop at Watt. The ex-St Johnstone and Hearts striker scored an iconic goal for the Hoops against Barcelona back in 2012. Overall, however, he only managed eight goals in 34 appearances.

Tony Watt just couldn’t build on his Celtic moment against Barcelona (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wilson was a teammate of Watt’s between 2011 and 2013, before the former left to head back to Nottingham Forest. This led to a handful of games for the duo alongside each other, and Wilson undoubtedly will have a more informed opinion of why things didn’t work out for Watt.

He stated to Open Goal that it was Watt’s attitude that let him down. He believed that was the reason he didn’t turn out similar to James Forrest. But on Twitter, Watt has hit back.

Watt just off the biggest move of his career

In fairness to Watt, he has certainly seemed in a much better place in recent years.

He performed well enough at St Johnstone. Even if he only scored seven goals in 37 appearances, he was clearly enjoying his football. His all-round displays helped him seal a fine move to CSKA Sofia over the summer too.

Watt helped rebuild his reputation to an extent with St Johnstone (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

So far, Watt has managed three goals in 13 appearances, with Sofia sitting fourth in the Bulgarian Premier League. Added to that, he’s continuing his enjoyment in the game once again.

There’s no denying Watt had some raw talent. However, he’s also entitled to believe that his failure to make the grade at Parkhead wasn’t down to his attitude.

Watt has earned a fine move to CSKA Sofia (Filip Filipovic/MB Media/Getty Images)

Watt has been on a mission to save his career in recent years. Finding a club that he’s managed to fit into has been a challenge for him. He finally appears to have found it, however. He’s consistently speaking about his love for Bulgaria, and is back challenging for European football once again.

Everyone will have their own opinions on why Watt didn’t work out here. Wilson clearly has his. But we’ll never know for sure – only Neil Lennon can really answer that one. But everyone has moved on at the end of the day, and Watt is entitled to defend his personality.