Former Celtic Champions League hero Tony Watt signs for Charlton Athletic

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Best remembered by Hoops fans for netting the winner in a famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Celtic Park, Tony Watt is now heading for the Championship.

Charlton Athletic have moved to bolster their play-off prospects with the signing of ex-Celtic striker Tony Watt on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Belgian side Standard Liege.

The Addicks’ manager Bob Peeters has seemingly been a keen admirer of the Scot for some time and hailed the arrival of the forward in a message posted on the club’s official website.

"He’s a striker who will add something to our team," he said.

"He’s a guy who can score goals, he has a lot of pace, especially round the back of the defence, and although he’s only 21 he has a lot of experience already and has played in the Champions League."

The Airdrie United academy graduate made headlines as an 18-year-old back in 2012 after coming off the bench to score the winner for Celtic in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona that helped the Hoops progress to the last-16 of the Champions League.

However injuries and a dip in form saw Watt’s first team opportunities subsequently restricted with then Bhoys boss Neil Lennon opting to send the striker out on loan to Belgian side Lierse where he managed a solid return of nine goals in 18 appearances.

Watt's time at club came to an abrupt end however after the striker criticised manager Stanley Menzo during an interview with the press for dropping and blaming him for a poor run of results, comments that ultimately saw Watt demoted to the B team for the remainder of his loan spell.

Even at Standard Liege, where he scored just three goals in 21 outings, discipline problems continued to dog the ex-Celtic man, whom Lennon ultimately opted to sell to the Belgian club after growing frustrated at the forward’s attitude.

However Bob Peeters is optimistic about getting the best from the Scotland Under-21 star at Charlton.

"He didn’t have his best period at Standard, but I think now that he’s back in a country where they speak English, and he feels at ease, he can do the job," he said.

"He needs a little bit of time to settle in, but I hope the fans can back him up and give him the confidence that he will need to be the player that he can be."

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