|Full name||Anthony Watt|
|Date of birth||29 December 1993|
|Place of birth||Coatbridge, Scotland|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2013–2014||→ Lierse (loan)||17||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Anthony "Tony" Watt (born 29 December 1993) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward for Charlton Athletic in the English Championship. He spent a season on loan at Belgian Pro League club Lierse during 2013–14 and also plays for the Scotland national under-21 football team.
Watt started his career with Second Division club Airdrie United before transferring to Celtic for £80,000 during January 2011. He broke into the Celtic first team during 2012 and scored a match winning goal against Barcelona during the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League. On 31 August 2013, he signed a contract for a one-year loan at Belgian club Lierse, before returning to Celtic in May 2014. On 28 July 2014, he signed a 5-year contract with Standard Liège with the Belgian club paying a reported £1.2m to Celtic for his services. Watt didn't make much of an impression at Liège, and moved back to Britain in January 2015 to sign for Charlton Athletic.
Watt started his career with Airdrie United in 2009 at under 17 level, after impressing in a bounce game, previously to this he had only played football for fun. He broke into their first team squad during the 2010–11 season making his debut on 24 July 2010, playing from the start in a Challenge Cup match against Ayr United. He made his league debut on 7 August 2010, coming on as a 60th minute substitute against East Fife. He scored their third goal to draw the match 3–3. In all he made 19 appearances and scored three goals. Following his departure to Celtic, he was awarded the SFL young player of the month award for December 2010.
Several clubs including Liverpool, Fulham and both Old Firm teams showed interest in potentially signing Watt during the 2011 January transfer window. After a trial with Rangers and a week's training with Liverpool, Watt was signed by Celtic on 4 January, for a reported fee of £80,000 and future payments dependent on his first-team progression. He signed a three-year contract.
Watt made his Celtic debut on 22 April 2012, aged only 18 years 3 months and 24 days, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 win over Motherwell. He scored two goals within five minutes of coming on as a substitute.
On 25 August 2012, Watt made his first start for Celtic scoring two goals in their 4–2 away win against Inverness. He made his Champions League debut on 7 November 2012, coming on as a second-half substitute for Mikael Lustig and scoring in the 83rd minute in a 2–1 home win against Barcelona. Four days later, he came off the subs bench to score again, this time in a 1–1 draw against St Johnstone in the league. On 15 November 2012, Watt signed a new contract extending his stay with Celtic until 2016. Watt made a further 14 appearances for Celtic that season, mostly coming on as a substitute, and did not score any more goals. He did however win his first major honour as Celtic won their 44th league championship title in May 2013; his 20 league appearances over the season entitling him to a league winner's medal.
Celtic qualified for the Champions League group stage and signed two new strikers, Amido Balde and Teemu Pukki, minimising Watt's opportunities at Celtic. On 31 August 2013, Watt moved to Belgian Pro League club Lierse S.K. on a season long loan deal for the 2013–14 season. In September 2013, the young striker was brought on as a substitute against Kortrijk in his debut for Lierse and, within 90 seconds of being on the field, he scored with his second touch of the ball. Despite this, Watt was branded lazy and unfit by Lierse boss Stanley Menzo. In response, Watt pulled off his shirt after scoring against Lommel United a few days later in the Belgian Cup resulting in a yellow card. Watt explained: "I just wanted to show that I am not fat. I knew perfectly well that if I took my top off I would get a yellow card – it happens all over the world but I just wanted to show everyone that I am in prime condition. I am not too fat and I wanted to prove this."
Watt struggled to hold down a first team place thereafter, and was sent off on 2 November 2013, within a minute of coming on as a second-half substitute against Charleroi, however the red card was later rescinded. A week later, Watt was sent home from training after a row with manager Stanley Menzo. He was then again publicly criticised by Menzo in December 2013, with the manager stating he would not take him back from Scotland for the second half of the season. However, Watt was recalled to the side on Boxing Day and scored twice against Mechelen in a 3–0 win. Menzo commented afterwards about Watt, "Today I am glad we have him but tomorrow I might want to murder him! That’s just how it is with him." Watt travelled with Lierse to Portugal in January 2014 for a mid-season friendly match against Dutch side Heerenveen, with the striker scoring both of his side's goals in a 2–3 defeat.
Despite manager Stanley Menzo's earlier threats, Watt remained with Lierse for the second half of the season. He started for Lierse on 18 January 2014 away against Kortrijk and scored twice in a 4–3 win for his side. Watt continued his run of impressive form on 31 January, scoring with a 20-yard shot in a surprise 2–0 win for Lierse over reigning Belgian champions Anderlecht. The relationship between Watt and manager Stanley Menzo remained volatile though. In February 2014 Watt stated that he loved Lierse and Belgium, however after losing his starting place in the team again during March 2014, he complained to the media that "Whenever we lose, Menzo blames me" and added that "Actually, it's his fault." Lierse responded to Watt's comments by demoting him from the first-team squad to their 'B' squad. Watt did not play for Lierse again, and returned to Celtic at the end of the season.
After his loan spell in the country, a number of top Belgian clubs were reported to be showing an interest in signing Watt permanently. Watt left Celtic in July 2014 for a reported fee of £1.2m, signing a five-year contract with Belgian club Standard Liege. He made his debut on 2 August 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–2 league win away against Kortrijk. Watt made his next appearance three days later, again as a second-half substitute, this time in a 2–1 away win against Panathinaikos Athens in the Champions League qualifying rounds. However, Watt failed to make much impact and by the end of December 2014 had scored only three goals with most of his appearances being as a substitute.
The Addicks confirmed the signing of Watt on 6 January 2015. "He’s a guy who can score goals, he has a lot of pace, especially round the back of the defence, and although he’s only 21 he has a lot of experience already and has played in the Champions League" manager Bob Peeters said. Watt scored his first goal for Charlton in a 3–2 loss at home against Norwich on 10 February 2015. Four days later, Watt helped Charlton end a 13-game winless run in the league with a 3–0 victory over Brentford. Watt didn't score but turned in an outstanding performance which included an assist for Charlton's second goal, earning him the man of the match award. On 28 February, Watt scored a brace in a 3–0 win against Huddersfield at The Valley in an impressive performance by both Charlton and Watt. Despite only being at Charlton for a short time, Watt has established himself as a key figure in Charltons starting 11, forming a formidable partnership with fellow striker Igor Vetokele.
Watt has played for Scotland U19s, his debut came on 12 May 2011, in a 1–0 loss to Denmark. He scored his first goal on 23 September 2011, in a 3–1 victory over Wales After his Celtic debut, Scotland U20s manager Billy Stark said that he wanted to move Watt up from the U19 squad to the under 20s, Watt made his debut for Scotland U21s in August 2012 in a friendly match against Belgium. He went on to make a total of nine appearances for the U21 side, scoring five times.
On 21 May 2013, Watt was called up by Gordon Strachan to the senior Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier in Zagreb against Croatia on 7 June 2013. He didn't play and has since even been dropped from the Under 21 side by manager Billy Stark, with Stark citing issues with Watt's fitness as the main reason for not selecting him.
- As of 7 March 2015
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