‘I’m no sinner, I’m now a Saint,’ Watt signs for St Johnstone

As we reported yesterday morning – red HERE – Tony Watt is coming back to the Scottish Premiership. Yesterday the 24 year old signed on at St Johnstone and hopes that Tommy Wright will be able to help him fulfil his huge potential for the Saints.

Watt realises that he has a reputation as a ‘bad egg’ – and he is now planning to put that to bed once and for all and settle down to play his football and prove that he is a very good striker.

“People think I’m going to cause problems, that I’m a bad egg. Does it annoy me? Yeah.

“As soon as something doesn’t go right, which happens in football, people talk about my attitude.

“Come on, get something to prove I have a bad attitude. I don’t think anyone ever has.

“When I was at Charlton playing every week, nobody mentioned it. When I was at Liege, it never got a mention.

“When I was at Lierse, there were a couple of things because the manager didn’t like me because he never signed me, but it wasn’t much.

“When things don’t go right, it’s easy to get on the slide and make the wrong decisions.

“That’s why I had to come back to Scotland because the last few years have been difficult.

“Charlton wanted me off the wage budget and bounced me around various clubs.

“Leuven didn’t work out and that was the only one I worried about because it should have gone well.

“But that’s football. I’ve come back to Scotland and have signed for a manager who I think will be good for me. He is honest. In all the conversations we have had, he has just told me things straight.

“He told me he wants me, told me where he wants me to play and what he doesn’t want from me. The manager has been up front about everything and that’s what I wanted to hear from someone.

“Sometimes you need someone to just be truthful with you.

“St Johnstone is a club which has given people a chance in the past. Last year I wanted to go away, get away from all the problems and be forgotten about.

“Now I’m back, I’m desperate to play. I just want to get started.”

“When I went to Hearts, it was the wrong move at that time. I’d been injured and played in England, and my expectations were different.

“I wasn’t ready to come back. I should have stayed in England. I wasn’t fit enough, either. But now it’s the right time to come back.

“For the last six weeks I have cleansed my body, really focusing on my diet, so I’ve trimmed down.

“I’ve done a lot of fitness work. I’ve really taken it up a notch and now I’m in the best shape of my life.”

Tony is sure to get a warm reception from the Celtic support in the matches this season.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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