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Profit Players: Celtic signing Tony Watt from Airdrie United for £108,000 was a bargain

Profit Players: Celtic signing Tony Watt from Airdrie United for £108,000 was a bargain

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Scottish striker Tony Watt was just 18 years-old when Celtic signed him from Airdrie United back in January 2011, per Transfermarkt. The fee was £108,000, which arguably could have been seen as a lot for a player just making a name for himself through the youth academy. However, the career he went on to have at the Celts and the money they made on him highlighted how good a profit player he was for the side.

The attacker was only involved around the senior team for three years from 2011-2014, but at a young age he managed an impressive 34 appearances, scoring eight times and picking up five assists along the way. He would win the Scottish Premiership title three times as well as the Scottish Cup. Despite his short stay, he will go down in Celtic folklore for one very special night in Europe against FC Barcelona.

Back in 2012, per BBC Sport, the Hoops faithful poured into Paradise to watch a match under the lights in the Champions League against the La Liga giants. The stadium erupted following a goal from Victor Wanyama to give the side the lead, and with Barcelona heavily pressing and mounting on the pressure for an equaliser late on in the group stage fixture, Neil Lennon brought on a teenage Watt.

The forward would double the lead, to cause absolute mayhem around Celtic Park and even though Lionel Messi reduced the deficit, Watt’s goal proved to be the difference by the final whistle to give the fan base one of their most memorable nights.

This got many believing they had a special player on their hands, but he could not consistently perform and both him and the Hoops thought it be best that he moved on.

In the end Belgian side Standard Liège signed him for £1.35 million in 2014, per Transfermarkt, and although he wasn’t always at his best, Celtic managed to make a lot of money on him, and for that one night alone, he will always be adored by Celts across the globe.

Hoops fans, were you there on that famous night? Comment below!

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