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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC EURO GOAL HERO AGREES DEAL, GERS DUO BANNED, MORTON DEAL IN DOOLAN

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FORMER Celtic Euro goal hero Tony Watt has joined Motherwell on a deal until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old striker has been training with the Fir Park club since leaving CSKA Sofia in January, just six months into a three-year deal, as Scotzine reported earlier this week.

Stephen Robinson snapped up the one-time Scotland international following James Scott’s £1.2million deadline-day switch to Hull City.

The Well boss, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Tony is a player who maybe has a little bit of a point to prove.

“We lost James Scott at the last second of the window. So, being able to bring a player of Tony’s experience in on a short-term deal is a big boost for us.

“He will bring us another option in attack as we look to secure a top-six place and push on.”

Motherwell are Watt’s fourth club in the Premiership after also having spells with Hearts and St Johnstone.

They are also his TWELFTH club on his travels that have also taken him to Belgium and England.

Watt netted five goals for CSKA in 18 appearances before the player and the club agreed to rip up his contract. .

The attacker, who made his solitary appearance for his country in a 1-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic in 2016, took his place in Parkhead folklore when he scored the winner in a Champions League in season 2012/13.

RANGERS coaches Michael Beale and Tom Culshaw have been handed touchline bans, but a disciplinary case against the club has been adjourned until a later date.

The Ibrox outfit were due to learn their fate over two charges of failing to ensure players and staff conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, one relating to gestures made by Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent at Celtic Park, and the other for a touchline confrontation in the team’s 3-0 win at Easter Road in December. But the case will be decided later.

Steven Gerrard will be missing members of his backroom staff in the dug-out in coming games, though, after Beale and Culshaw were suspended.

Technical coach Culshaw has been handed an immediate one-match touchline ban for his part in incident in Edinburgh plus a suspended one-game ban which will expire at the end of the season. Hibs assistant manager John Potter, who was also charged with misconduct, was censured.

First-team coach Beale has received an immediate three-game ban with another two matches suspended. He was shown a red card at Parkhead after disputing a late red card for Morelos.

The Easter Road outfit have also been censured and given a suspended £1,500 fine for the touchline incident.

No new hearing date has been set to decide the charges against Rangers.

MORTON have signed striker Kris Doolan on a deal until the end of the season following his recent departure from Ayr United.

The 33-year-old hitman spent a decade at Partick Thistle before moving to Somerset Park in the summer and he now makes the switch to Cappielow.

Morton boss David Hopkin told the club website: “I’m absolutely delighted to bring Kris in. He is a player who is well respected and admired throughout Scottish football thanks to his goalscoring exploits over the years.”

 

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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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