ROTHERHAM UNITED: Steve Evans almost landed Celtic goal hero Watt

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CELTIC’S matchwinning hero against Barcelona on Wednesday, 18-year-old Tony Watt, almost joined Rotherham United in the summer.

Rotherham made a bid, understood to be around £250,000, for the young striker and he appeared on the verge of coming south.

“Celtic manager Neil Lennon was trying to bring a striker in and the move depended on him doing so,” said Millers manager Steve Evans.

“However, that didn’t transpire, Celtic didn’t get their man and so Neil decided that he couldn’t let Tony go.

“We then talked about a loan move and that was a real possibility too but, in the end, Neil decided that he wanted the lad around with the prospect of him being in their squad.”

Evans said he first became aware of Watt when he was at Airdrie from whom Celtic signed him for £80,000 and he’d seen him with Celtic Under 18s.

“He’ll always be a Celtic hero now for the goal that beat Barcelona” said Evans, himself a lifelong fan of the Scottish giants.

“One thing is for sure... he certainly won’t be going anywhere for £250,000 now. His price has suddenly gone up,” he chuckled.