Former manager invites Tony Watt back to the club

Tony Watt has been presented with an opportunity to play again just a week after being released by Belgian side OH Leuven.

Airdrieonians manager Stephen Findlay has extended a clear invitation to the former Diamonds kid to begin training with the club.

Former Celtic, Hearts and Charlton forward Watt made an exit from Airdrie in 2010, signing for the Hoops in a deal worth £100,000.

The 24-year-old who has experiences from nine clubs under his sleeve is on the look-out for another transfer after arriving back in Scotland.

New Broomfield gaffer Findlay had previously worked with Watt in his teenage years during his tenure as Airdrie Under-20s coach, and gave room for the striker to return to the Excelsior Stadium.

The Coatbridge player, who is widely acclaimed for his history-making goal against Barcelona at Celtic Park, has already played for Charlton and the Belgian second-tier side this season.

Watt cannot play for a third club with restrictions from FIFA regulations unless he moves to a league which kicks-off in winter.

Findlay told the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser that he has conversed briefly with the Scotland international and said he would welcome him back to train with the club in order to keep fit while being a free agent.

“I don’t know what Tony’s situation is; from the sounds of it he would have to wait until the summer or join a winter league if he is to get a club just now,” he continued.

“The one thing I will say for Tony is that he is a tremendous talent.

“If we could help Tony keep fit or stay sharp while he is sorting out his future I would say that our door is always open.

“We would extend that offer to most former players, but if I can personally help Tony out then I would be happy.

“It’s not just because it is Tony Watt, but we like to keep good relations with our former players.”

However, Findlay all but ruled out signing the starlet.

“If Tony decided he wanted to come back to the club this summer there is no way we would turn that down; but let’s be realistic.

“He is such a talent and has far too much to offer the game.

“I think in not too much time he will be playing for a top Scottish club or in the Championship.”

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