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Watt aware of interest

Tony Watt claims to be attracting interest from clubs in Belgium, but admits his preference is to remain at Celtic.

The 20-year-old spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Lierse and did enough during his time in the Belgian top flight to catch the eye of potential suitors.

A return to mainland Europe is now being mooted, with it unclear where Watt figures in the plans of new Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

The youngster is, however, willing to give his all in pre-season in an effort to convince the Norwegian that he is worth keeping on.

He hopes to be given a clearer indication of where he stands in the next couple of weeks, allowing him to decide whether his future lies at Parkhead or away from the Glasgow giants.

Watt said in the Daily Record: \"I'll need to speak to the new manager and see what he thinks.

\"If he doesn't like me and there are good options from Belgium, then I would look at them because it's a nice league and I enjoyed my time there.

\"If I just get myself ready for next season then I'll be ready wherever the challenge lies. Hopefully it's at Celtic but if not, then I'll need to wait and see.

\"I heard there was a few Belgian teams interested and it was three good teams.

\"But for me it's Celtic first, that's where my heart is and I don't want to give up on my dreams too early. I need to go and speak to Deila and see what his ideas are.

\"Hopefully he likes me but if not, then I would consider anything on the table from Belgium.

\"There has been good interest in me, so I must have been doing something right in the games I played there.\"