Currently on loan at Belgian side Lierse, Celtic striker Tony Watt has once again got himself involved in some controversy. The 20-year-old striker has been sent down to the Lierse B-side as punishment for conducting an interview with a Belgian newspaper without the knowledge of the club.
It's one thing to go against the club and conduct the interview, it's another thing to slate your manager while doing said interview.
“They don’t know how to deal with me at Lierse, whenever we lose I get the blame, and they always say I do things wrong. At Oostende last month I played for just 20 minutes, yet [Lierse coach, Stanley] Menzo blamed me. I can’t score goals if I am sitting on the bench. Menzo has two sets of rules. But you can’t have different rules for different players. He clearly doesn’t like me.
“I was disappointed not to start that game. It is the coach’s decision and I have to respect it, even though I don’t agree with it.”
Watt's spell at Lierse has been very turbulent and has brought up a lot of questions regarding the Scottish striker's attitude. It has been clear for a while that the striker and coach Stanley Menzo don't see eye to eye.
Back in September Menzo branded Watt "fat", so a few days later after scoring against Lommel in the cup, Watt removed his shirt in celebration, to prove that he was far from overweight.
In December Menzo said he would not have Watt back for the second half of the season, only to be recalled to the side on Boxing Day for the game against Mechelen. Watt would score twice in the 3-0 win. Menzo commented afterwards ""Today I am glad we have him but tomorrow I might want to murder him! That’s just how it is with him."
The latest stunt from Watt is likely to be his last chance at Lierse. Demoted to the B-team indefinitely, he is unlikely to recover from this latest outburst.
Lierse released a statement on their website condoning everything that Watt said in the interview and maintained that the club was "100% behind Stanley Menzo".
On the pitch it is obvious that Watt is a talented player. He has scored eight goals in 17 games, only nine of those appearances from the start. However it seems there is an obvious attitude problem, this was the reason he was sent on loan in the first place.
At only 20, there is still time for Watt to mature and grow into a talented footballer. Stunts like this only help to give him an unwanted reputation and possibly damage his career.