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Celtic's teenage Barcelona hero Watt to spend 2013-14 with Belgian outfit

Lierse SK have snapped up Tony Watt on loan for the season.

Who can forget Celtic’s excellent Champions League campaign last season. We know one player who certainly can’t - 19-year-old striker Tony Watt.

He made his Champions League debut for the club on the 7th November last year - coming on as a substitute for Mikael Lustig in the 72nd minute.

Then, in the 83rd minute he made history - scoring the second Celtic goal of the night that effectively proved to be the winner against Barcelona.

Eighteen months previously and he was playing for Airdrie United in the Scottish Football League - now he was toppling the side who had conquered Europe for the past decade.

A week after this performance and Celtic rewarded Watt with a new contract - keeping him at the club until 2016.

But he has since struggled to cement a place in the Celtic first team.

With the arrival of Teemu Pukki from Schalke 04 this weekend Neil Lennon was keen to send him somewhere where he would get regular first team football - and that has seen him move to ambitious Belgian side Lierse SK on loan.

After a disappointing 2012-13, where they finished 14th in the Belgian Pro League, the club are hoping for a much better return this season.

The likes of former Stoke and West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens and ex Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Hossam Ghaly have both signed for the club this summer - joining the likes of Hernan Losada and Saladin Said in making the move to the Herman Vanderpoortenstadion this summer.

Whether this is the start of the end for Watt at Celtic, or just another stepping stone in his development will remain to be seen.

But whatever happens he will always be remembered in folklore for this moment in November 2007, the stuff of legend…

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