Tony Watt wins Young Player of the Month Award
By: Laura Brannan on 12 Sep, 2012 15:50
TONY Watt collected the Clydesdale Bank Young Player of the Month award for August this afternoon, (Wednesday) and the striker is delighted to have started September in a similar vein of form.
He made four first-team appearances last month, including two in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, and a league start which saw him score two goals against Inverness Caley Thistle. And since the start of September he started another SPL match for the Hoops before winning his first two competitive caps for Scotland´s Under-21 side, scoring another two goals in the process.
It has been a busy and highly successful few weeks for the 18-year old, but he is just grateful to be given his chance to impress this season.
"I´ve been handed a few chances by the manager and it´s been good to get minutes on the park, especially at first-team level," he said.
"The difference has been unbelievable - playing Under-17s for Airdrie a few years ago and now I've been playing a few times for Celtic this season. I was playing at Second Division parks that had one stand every week. Then I came here and it changed just like that.
"I´ve been playing internationals as well. I played for the Under-21s. I got 20 minutes at St Mirren Park and played the 90 on Monday against Austria, so it´s obviously good to be involved."
Watt has also got the UEFA Champions League group stages to look forward to, and with news of all three home ties heading for a sell-out, he admitted the excitement is building.
"At the home games you know what happens. Whenever the Champions League star ball comes round the halfway line the roar is unbelievable," he said. "60,000 fans going mental, there´s nothing like it, honestly. Even being on the bench and coming on, hearing the fans singing, it´s a different world.
"It was one of the groups I was looking at and hoping we´d get because Barcelona are the best team in the world. But Benfica and Spartak are both beatable - even at home Barcelona are beatable. People think it´s unrealistic but you never know at Celtic Park.
"If I play then it will be exciting and obviously I´ll be a wee bit nervous but it´s not something to fear. It´s my job so I have to go out and do it.
"This is a massive club with a good, young set of players so hopefully we can take it on the park, get a few results and try and qualify for the last 16."