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Hearts sign Tony Watt on a season long loan deal

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Hearts have completed the season-long loan signing of former Celtic striker Tony Watt from English side Charlton Athletic.

The 22-year-old has failed to make an impact in the English game with loan spells at Cardiff and Blackburn on top of his time at Charlton.

Speaking to the official Hearts TV channel, Watt said: “I’m still young and I’ve got a large chunk of my career ahead of me,” Watt, who made a surprise Scotland debut in March, told Hearts TV.

“This is a big club and I want to come back to Scotland, play games and get a bit of stability.”

Watt started his career at Scottish champions Celtic and scored the winning goal against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2012. But he quit Celtic in July 2014 after falling out of favour with then-manager Ronny Deila.

He spent a year with Standard Liege before joining Charlton in January 2015.

“I had a stop-start season last year for a variety of reasons, both in terms of injury and being out on loan at a few clubs,” he added. “I’m not far away in terms of fitness, I’m ready to go and just need game time really.

“So I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ve never played at Tynecastle before, I’ve been on the bench here once, but that’s it.

“I’m looking forward to playing here and hopefully the fans will be cheering my name.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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