“Sometimes the joy of football is more about seeing someone achieve something special, rather than your own personal goals. In my case the arrival of Tony Watt as a youth player for Celtic sticks in my mind. I played for Dundee, Hearts, Tranmere, St Johnstone and Morton in a professional career that lasted seventeen years. I managed Hearts for a short spell and coached Celtic’s under 20 side for six years.

Tony Watt signed for Celtic as a youth from Airdrie, and straight away, I knew he had the talent to make it all the way to the first team. After a period of scoring regularly for us, it was time for Tony to make the step up. He made his debut in April 2012 in a 3–0 win over Motherwell. He scored two goals within five minutes of coming on as a substitute.

On the 7th November 2012, Tony had a goal to remember and a night he will never forget in a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League. Celtic were unbelievably one-up against the Spanish giants, when a long kick out from Fraser Forster bounced past the entire Barca defence. Watt was on it like a flash and with the same clinical attitude he showed in the under-20 Celtic team, he side-footed the ball past Victor Valdes to send the home support wild with delight. Celtic won 2-1 and I left the ground with a tremendous feeling of pride at seeing one of our young players showing everyone that there is a pathway to the first team and a chance to do something special that will forever be remembered by the fans.”

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