FORMER Celtic Euro goal hero Tony Watt is training with Aberdeen after being released by Belgian outfit OH Leuven.

The 24-year-old striker, who famously scored the Hoops’ winning goal in the 2-1 win over Barcelona at Parkhead in 2012, is aiming to keep fitness levels up while FIFA regulations prevent him signing for a new club until the summer.

Watt, who has already turned out for two teams this term, shares an agent with Dons boss Derek McInnes, but it is understood there are no plans at the moment for the player to join the club when he is able to do so.

The one-cap Scotland frontman knocked back a chance to join the Pittodrie club in 2014.

He said: “Derek McInnes was brilliant and was always phoning my agent.

“He was the right manager for me, but I just needed to get out of Scotland at that time, so I was buzzing about Belgium.”

A youth product of Airdrie United, Watt joined boyhood heroes Celtic in 2011, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances.

Following a loan spell at Lierse, he signed a permanent deal with Standard Liege in the summer of 2014. He joined Charlton a year later and had temporary contracts at Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers and Hearts before returning to Belgium at OH Leuven.

His solitary Scotland cap came as a late substitute fro Ross McCormack in a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in March 2016.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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