Celtic’s Barcelona hero edges ever closer to Parkhead exit

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Tony Watt could be set to depart Celtic this summer with Belgian club side Oostende revealing that they have made an approach to sign the youngster.

Back in November of 2012, Celtic forums were awash with stories about an exciting young talent by the name of Tony Watt, who had just introduced himself to the football world with an exquisitely-taken winner in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

Big things were predicted for the precocious forward – there were rumours of interest from Liverpool with then-manager Kenny Dalglish a keen admirer, while Bhoys boss Neil Lennon talked up Watt as one for the future at Parkhead.

Fast-forward just over 18 months though and while still only 20-years-old, the Coatbridge-born star is facing the prospect of having his time at Celtic cut frustratingly short.

According to a report from The Herald, Belgian club Oostende are believed to have contacted the Parkhead club over the possibility of bringing Watt ot the club.

"Tony Watt is still an option," the club’s techinal director Luc Devroe said.

"We, like other clubs, have talked with him. Celtic are still to decide whether they will sell him."

In truth, the writing was on the wall the minute Neil Lennon decided to send the forward out on a season-long loan to anther Belgian side, Lierse.

Watt may have scored eight times in 17 appearances for the club, but his spell was marked with a series of incidents, beginning with the time the team’s manager Stanley Menzo labelled him both “lazy and unfit”.

Most telling of all, Lennon moved to back up his counterpart, telling the Express: “He can be a difficult boy at times ...He just needs to make the most of the opportunity he has.”

However Watt failed to take that advice onboard, with media reports suggesting that the forward was involved in a confrontation with Menzo that ended with the manager slapping the Scot.

Sidelined for the remainder of his loan deal, Watt can be grateful that as least one club still wants him.

Whether Celtic or Lennon are willing to back him any further, however, remains to be seen.

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