Tony Watt stakes claim for debut against Celtic with man of the match showing for Hearts XI



Tony Watt has fired himself into contention for a starting place against his former club Celtic after bagging a goal and an assist in his first outing in Hearts colours.

Watt, 22, joined the capital club on a season-long loan from Charlton Athletic and was due to make his debut in the Jambos’ final pre-season friendly against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

However, the resignation of Cod Army boss Steven Pressley saw the SkyBet League One side call off the clash and Hearts were left unable to secure a replacement opposition in such short notice.

(Pic: Twitter @32watto)
(Pic: Twitter @32watto)

As a consequence, Robbie Neilson oversaw an inter-squad friendly behind closed doors at Tynecastle.

Watt was the standout performer, setting up Marcus Godinho for the opener before converting the winning goal to secure a 2-1 triumph for his Hearts XI. Robbie Muirhead found the net for the opposition.

The performance will give Neilson food for thought ahead of their Premiership opener against the Hoops – for whom Watt scored eight goals in 34 appearances – next Sunday.

Fellow summer signing Conor Sammon has led the line throughout the Europa League campaign, scoring once.