It’s easy to look back at certain player’s spells at a club and assume they were successful because of one standout moment, and Tony Watt’s time at Celtic falls into that category. For Watt, the moment is obvious. At the age of just 18-years-old, the striker bagged the winner against Barcelona at Parkhead, and since then it’s never been quite as good.
Still just 25-years-old, the striker is now slugging it away at St Johnstone and has a far from a spectacular record with just two goals and four assists in 28 appearances in the Scottish Premier League this season. However, he will always be a hero of some sorts in Glasgow for that goal against Barcelona, even if the Hoops are looking at him now and wondering where it all went wrong for the promising youngster.
The picture painted from that night says all you need to know about Tony Watt and his time at Celtic. Slotting the ball past Victor Valdes as Javier Mascherano tried to catch him. The picture, taken at the perfect moment as Parkhead was a split second away from erupting, all of the fans at that moment believing that Tony Watt could be their next hero, the next Henrik Larsson, the next man to break records at the club.
In reality, Watt was never going to make that grade, though. The youngster may have had trials at Rangers and trained with Liverpool before he became a permanent addition at Celtic, but in truth he was never destined to be that star man, and the fact that the goal pictured above is one of just six that he scored for the club that season, you can see why he didn’t make the grade.
It may sound harsh, but Watt is exactly where his talent allows him to be.
The hype at the start was understandable, and a few magic moments helped to make it believable, but the fans really shouldn’t be asking what happened to the 25-year-old as opposed to looking at him as a solid Scottish Premier League hitman who peaked early. They’ll all just be pleased he peaked early with them.
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