Nov 14 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Elaine Smith has lodged a parliamentary motion congratulating Celtic striker Tony Watt.
The 18-year-old, who is from Coatbridge and signed for the Hoops from Airdrie United, struck the winner on his Champions League debut last Wednesday night.
Watt climbed off the bench and fired home the goal which saw the reigning SPL champions defeat Barcelona, widely believed to be the best team in the world.
Two years previously, almost to the day, he had played for Airdrie in a 1-0 defeat at Ayr United.
He has now scored eight goals in 17 appearances for Celtic since completing a move worth around £100,000 in January last year.
Watt’s form has led to him winning a place as a Scotland under-21 international with many of the opinion that the Dunbeth forward should earn a call-up to the full national team squad.
Mrs Smith was keen for the teenager’s heroics to be recognised at Holyrood and her motion gained cross-party support.
And the Labour politician believes quality performances from Watt and world lightweight boxing champion Ricky Burns can inspire future generations.
“Firstly, I would like to congratulate Tony on his goal,” she said.
“Regardless of what team you support, his goal against Barcelona last week was a victory for Scottish football and for Coatbridge.
“Coatbridge has always been a sports-orientated area and witnessing the rise of stars such as Tony and Ricky brings pride to our town.”