Former Celtic forward Tony Watt rubbishes reports of bad attitude

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Ex-Celtic striker Tony Watt, now on the books at Championship side Charlton Athletic, has rubbished reports suggesting that he has an 'attitude problem'.

Tony Watt has played and scored against Barcelona in the Champions League. He has won the Scottish Premiership title and spent time in Europe with Belgian outfits Lierse and Standard Liege.

He has also made nine appearances for the Scotland U21 side, netting five goals, and secured himself a switch to Championship side Charlton Athletic.

The youngster, who only turned 21 on December 29, has squeezed a lot into a short career.

He has also been forced to fend off accusations that his inability to settle and put down roots is due to an ‘attitude problem’.

Watt whole-heartedly denies that he is a difficult character to work with, but has grown tired of facing such questions and hopes to silence his critics on the field with the Addicks.

He told the Sunday Mail: “There is a perception out there of me now which is massively unfair. I have my own ideas of where it’s came from and how it has surfaced. But it’s wrong, it’s not true. Unfortunately, that’s football.

“If something goes against you and it sticks, it can affect the rest of your career. If you ask anyone I played with at Lierse, for example, I don’t think there would be a question over my character. It’s all just imaginary, it’s been made up.

“People seem to think I’ve got some sort of attitude problem and that’s why I left Celtic. But I don’t listen to it any more. The people close to me know me best and they’d dispute that. My family and friends know my story and there have been a lot of lies said and written about me.

“How can I change people’s opinions? I’m not sure I can. I suppose the best way to do it is by scoring goals at Charlton.”

Watt has joined Charlton for an undisclosed fee and penned a contract through to 2018.

He has never been a prolific marksman, with 23 goals netted in 94 career appearances to date, but his work rate and movement make him a useful asset.

Bob Peeters will be hoping to see the Scot hit the ground running at The Valley, after handing him his debut off the bench against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, with only three sides in the Championship scoring fewer goals than the Addicks this term.

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