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Tony Watt committed his future to Celtic on Thursday
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Tony Watt committed his future to Celtic on Thursday

Tony Watt declared he had so much more to fulfil in his career than his crucial strike against Barcelona after signing a long-term contract with Celtic.

The 18-year-old has committed himself to the Parkhead club until summer 2016 after his decisive goal in the 2-1 Champions League win over the Catalans last week helped move negotiations along.

The composed finish was far from the only evidence that Watt could have a significant long-term impact at Celtic Park but it has heightened interest in the forward, who signed from Airdrie last year in a deal worth about £80,000. However, the teenager does not appear to be in danger of losing his grounded approach to his life and career.

"Everybody is stopping and talking to me and saying 'well done' for the Barcelona match," Watt said in a media conference at Celtic Park after signing his new deal. "Ever since then I've been happy. I've just taken it in my stride.

"It has happened so I can't dwell on it. It will be a good memory for the rest of my life but I just need to get on with the rest of my season and maybe look back at the end of the season.

"You don't want to go about bragging about it. It's obviously a big thing but other people have done it before and you need to take it in your stride. You don't want to be fazed by it and let it get in your head and start thinking you are better than what you are. It's a goal but I have got a lot more to do in my career."

Watt dismissed suggestions the goal would put pressure on him to keep achieving.

"All the fans are happy I scored," he added. "They are not putting pressure on me, they are just delighted that it's just a big deal for the club. Hopefully I can emulate that and help us go through to the last 16."

Watt's promise was evident from the moment he made his Celtic bow. The teenager, whose pace, strength and skill offer him the potential to be an all-round striker, scored two goals within six minutes of coming on for his debut against Motherwell at Fir Park in April. He has also scored six times this season, including one in each of Celtic's past three games.

But he said: "I will never get ahead of myself and I just need to keep my feet on the ground, and I will do. I have got to deal with the pressure of people saying I am going to be the next thing. I have just got to keep going and doing what I do and keep the hunger. I will always have the hunger when I play for this club."

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