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“But we have had our eyes on Tony for some time. He has done really well for the under-19s and the development team.
“He is a strong, powerful boy and obviously he likes to get into the box and score goals.
“We are delighted for him. The main thing is he has to keep his feet in the ground but the lad has a great future.”
Midfielder Joe Ledley applauded Watt’s full debut, and said there is more talent coming through the ranks at Parkhead.
“All the players and coaching staff are very pleased for him,” said Ledley. “He has a great future ahead of him, he is a goal scorer.
“He got his chance and took it with both hands so we are buzzing for him. And there is a lot like him. We have a good youth set-up at Celtic and that is the way forward.
“We still have Dylan McGeouch who wasn’t in the squad bur he is a great player. There is a lot of good future players at this club.”
Manager Neil Lennon began his two game touchline ban against Motherwell. Mjallby added, “You are always going to miss him because he is so passionate but the main thing was that we got back to winning ways.”
Rangers meanwhile have suspended Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty for two weeks after a training ground bust-up with manager Ally McCoist.
The Scottish Football Association has also hit Rangers with a series of punishments, including a 12-month transfer embargo.
SLIGO stretched their lead at the top of the Airtricity Premier League when they won 1-0 away to Cork on Friday night. Shamrock Rovers were held to a 2-2 draw by hosts Bray, while St. Pats beat UCD 2-0.
Roddy Collins celebrated his return to Dalymount Park as Monaghan United beat Bohs 2-1. Dundalk won 2-1 away to Derry and Drogheda beat Shels 3-1.
In other news, Derry City and Crusaders have booked their places in the Setanta Cup final at the expense of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers respectively.
Irish boxer Adam Nolan wins gold
IRELAND’S Adam Nolan made it a week to remember as he took the gold medal at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey.
Nolan will now join four other Irish boxers at the London games in August when Paddy Barnes, John Joe Nevin, Darren O’Neill and Michael Conlan at the games.
“For the last four years I’ve been working to get to here. Thankfully today it’s eventually come,” said police officer Nolan after he guaranteed his Olympic spot.
“I’m going to go home and enjoy this victory with my family, friends and a few colleagues over the next few weeks. But I’ll have to sit down with my bosses in Bray and see where I go for the next couple of months.
“The next couple of months are going to be a hectic schedule, but up until now they’ve looked after me very well. So, hopefully, I can sort something out for the next couple of months. Please, God.
“I suppose it’s going to be all hands on deck between now and the Olympics. So, I suppose I’ll be looking for a couple of months off between now and the Olympics.
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