Watt in frame to face Rangers
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2012
Watt in frame to face Rangers.
Tony Watt has played himself into contention for next week's Old Firm derby at Celtic Park after scoring a remarkable second-half debut double in the 3-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Motherwell at Fir Park, according to Parkhead assistant boss Johan Mjallby.
The 18-year-old striker replaced Pawel Brozek in the 59th minute and volleyed in a Victor Wanyama cross three minutes later from a tight angle, before driving low past Well goalkeeper Darren Randolph from the edge of the box.
"He is definitely going to be in our thoughts," said Mjallby. "If the boy comes on and scores twice for you in a very tough game against Motherwell then obviously he is going to be in our thoughts."
He added: "We had Georgios Samaras out, Anthony Stokes didn't get on, we have Mo Bangura, Pawel Brozek and Gary Hooper, so competition is there.
"But we have had our eyes on Tony for some time. He has done really well for the under-19s and the development team.
"He is a strong, powerful boy and obviously he likes to get into the box and score goals.
"We are delighted for him. The main thing is he has to keep his feet in the ground but the lad has a great future."
Joe Ledley claims there is more like Watt coming through the youth system at Parkhead.
The Hoops midfielder said: "All the players and coaching staff are very pleased for him. He has a great future ahead of him, he is a goalscorer. He got his chance and took it with both hands so we are buzzing for him.
"And there is a lot like him. We have a good youth set-up at Celtic and that is the way forward. We still have Dylan (McGeouch) who wasn't in the squad bur he is a great player. There is a lot of good future players at this club."