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Tony Watt anxious to meet new Celtic manager Deila

Watt does not want to give up his dream of playing for Celtic. Picture: Robert Perry

Watt does not want to give up his dream of playing for Celtic. Picture: Robert Perry

  • by PHIL GORDON
 

CELTIC striker Tony Watt wants to meet new Celtic manager Ronny Deila to see if he is in the Norwegian’s plans after he replaced Neil Lennon.

Lennon sent Watt on loan to Belgium last season in a bid to get the youngster, who famously shot down Barcelona in the Champions League in November 2012, to grow up.

Watt has revealed he would jump at the chance of a move back to Belgium but does not want to give up his “dream” of playing for Celtic so quickly.

“I’ll need to speak to the new manager and see what he thinks,” the striker told BeNeFoot.net. “If he doesn’t like me and there are good options from Belgium, then I would look at them because it’s a nice league and I enjoyed my time and I wouldn’t rule out going back over.

“If I just get myself ready for next season then I’ll be ready wherever the challenge lies. Hopefully, it’s at Celtic.

“I heard there was a few Belgian teams interested and it was three good teams, Oostende, Zulte and Standard. But, for me, it’s Celtic first, that’s where my heart is and I don’t want to give up on my dreams too early.”

Watt scored eight goals for Lierse but the second half of his season-long loan was a nightmare, with Lierse boss, Stanley Menzo – who had already called Watt unfit – dropping the Scotland under-21 striker into the reserves.

“I got shafted in a way, they kind of screwed me over and, after that, it was quite hard,” Watt said.

 

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