Former Celtic and Hearts striker Tony Watt ‘close to surprise move’

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Tony Watt is on the verge of joining Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia, according to the Scottish Sun.

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Former Hearts and Celtic striker Tony Watt. Picture: SNS

Former Hearts and Celtic striker Tony Watt. Picture: SNS

The former Hearts and Celtic striker is out of contract this summer having knocked back an offer to remain with St Johnstone, whom he joined on a one-year deal last year.

Watt is understood to have held advanced talks with Sofia and there have been reports that the contract could be as long as a three-year deal.

It would represent the player’s third European adventure. After spells with Lierse and Standard Liege he returned to Belgium at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign to play with OH Leuven.

He’s also had stints with Charlton Athletic, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers in the English leagues.

Watt was signed by Celtic as a youngster from Airdrie and would go on to score one of the most famous goals in the club’s recent history in the 2-1 Champions League win over Barcelona.

He spent five months on loan at Hearts after joining at the beginning of the 2016/17 season under Robbie Neilson.