Former Celtic forward Tony Watt has been speaking about his new-found happiness in Bulgaria.

The 25-year-old moved from St. Johnstone to CSKA Sofia in the summer, after a couple of troubling years at various clubs. Since leaving Celtic the striker has played in Wales, England, Belgium (twice), as well as enduring spells with the Perth club and Hearts.

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But it seems now that he’s happier than ever in the Bulgarian capital, as he opened up to the Scottish Sun about the joys of his move.


“Sofia is an amazing city,” Watt said. “It’s beautiful and the weather has been brilliant. Waking up and seeing the sun every day makes a huge difference to your mood.

“You don’t get homesick as much when you’re in a city like this and a great climate.

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“Back home when it’s dark, cold and wet you end up just sitting playing the Playstation and stuff after training.

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“But over here because of the climate, you are outdoors more doing things and meeting people for coffee.”

Watt is clearly enjoying life in Bulgaria

It’s great to hear the former Celtic man talking so positively about the lifestyle change over in Bulgaria. He clearly struggled to deal with life as a footballer in Britain and that was showcased by his slide from being a hot prospect at Celtic to out of favour at St. Johnstone.

His unfulfilled potential has been well documented but one thing Watt deserves credit for is his willingness to take a chance. Too many Scottish footballers choose not to move abroad in their careers, for fear of it going wrong.

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That’s what made the likes of Aiden McGeady (albeit he’s Irish) and Gary O’Connor moving to Russia seem so strange.

Watt isn’t afraid to try out new things and he’s clearly reaping the benefits in Sofia right now. He’s still young enough to carve a good career for himself. Hopefully he can aim to kick on now.

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