Ex-Celtic Champions League hero set for January transfer, manager comments on attitude

Charlton Athletic - The Valley

Charlton boss Bob Peeters has confirmed a deal is close to sign former Celtic striker Tony Watt.

It's been reported for weeks, but now it seems to be sure - Charlton will sign Standard Liege striker Tony Watt.

The 21-year-old Scot has scored just three times for Standard this season, despite hitting nine goals in 18 games in Belgium last season, though that was for Lierse.

His former with Lierse promoted Standard to pay around £1.2m for the Celtic youngster, who was told to improve his attitude by manager Ronny Deila after a number of run-ins with his Lierse boss Stanley Menzo last season.

Charlton have strong links with Standard through owner Roland Duchatelet, and are set to take advantage of that again with the imminent arrival of Watt, who is being added to try and boost a flagging Addicks front line.

A clearly talented player, Watt could have been an important figure at Celtic but Deila just wasn't convinced over his attitude, and was happy to sell him on in July 2014.

After struggling with the Belgian giants, Watt is now on the move again, with Charlton boss Bob Peeters confirming that a deal is in the pipeline.

"I know him [Watt]. He's an interesting player. He's now at Standard - I don't think he's a player to play there. I think he's a player that needs to be in Britain," he said.

Peeters knows about the well documented problems with his attitude, but says that he knows how to deal with him when he arrives in South London.

"If Tony Watt must come here I think I can work with him, no problem. It's all about communication. Every player ran their socks off against Cardiff - that's the most important thing. If you come here you need to be honest. If he doesn't do his job, whether he comes or not, the crowd will kill him."

"He did well last season. He wasn’t too happy but he will give you something up front. He has pace and scoring ability," added Peeters.

It's a strange turn of events for Watt, who was Celtic's Champions League hero just two-and-a-half years ago, when he scored the winning goal at Celtic Park against Barcelona.

Watt was predicted for big things after that game, but it just hasn't worked out for him in recent years - and he needs to impress at Charlton to prove that he isn't a lost cause.

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