Stephen Robinson hasn’t made things easy for him – but Tony Watt says Motherwell have given him more learning than ever before in his career.

Watt has cemented himself as a Fir Park mainstay after initially signing a short-term deal earlier this year, his stay now extended until 2022. It’s one of the most settled periods of his career.

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Settled at Motherwell. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old has conquered self-doubt and critics to make himself at home in Lanarkshire: “I am learning more than I have ever learned. I am taking in information and doing what’s asked of me, hopefully.

“If you ask anybody that thinks ‘bad attitude, bad egg’, whatever, I don’t think that’s been the problem in the past. Maybe it was self-doubt and not believing in myself. Maybe the body language has gone down and shown I’m maybe not the most self-assured person.

“But now it’s about learning how to express yourself and believe in yourself. The minute you doubt yourself in any walk of life, that’s when the cracks start to appear. But whenever you are positive and believe in yourself, even if you make a mistake it gets put to the side and you keep going, the good parts outweigh the mistakes.

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Thriving in claret and amber. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“That’s what I believe I have improved on. Maybe coming here they have filled me with confidence but self-belief has improved and helped me stay in the team. The day I stop learning is the day I retire.”

Manager Robinson has been a big part in his development into a regular at Fir Park. Robinson has often spoke of pushing Watt to his limit, barking orders at him all the time on a Saturday.

But while he wishes for some let-up, Motherwell’s number 32 knows it’s because the Northern Irishman wants the very best of his undoubted ability: “The manager believes there’s a certain level I can get to and I believe it too.

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“If I don’t get there, he’s failed and I have failed.  That’s what I have learned over the past six or seven months, so we are both pushing as hard as we can to get to that level. He has been relentless on me. Even when it seems to be going well, he is still relentless. That’s just the way he is. I think he knows he needs to be on top of me.

“I’m not the finished article, there are a lot of things I can improve on. I know that by them telling me every day. If I score 25 or 30 goals this season then maybe they will stop but until then I think they will be on me constantly.

“It would be really good if he forgot my name for a day but it is what it is. I said that to him on Monday and he just laughed. But I got told when I was younger, the day a coach stops shouting at you, that’s the day you worry.”

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Watt’s got the fire to succeed at Motherwell. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Speaking about the striker ahead of the Steelmen’s match with St Mirren today, Motherwell boss Robinson is determined to keep pushing Watt to the max: “He needs to keep getting shouted at! Tony’s one of those boys you need to keep driving.

“We have a team of boys who are very quiet. Sometimes it’s like a silent movie out there. Unfortunately I have to do the shouting. I’d love not to, but we are trying to get people to speak more and take more responsibility themselves.

“Tony’s done well but he can still be better. I won’t let Tony rest on his laurels. He’s one of the ones who could be verge of the Scotland squad but only if he continues in the vein of form he’s in.”

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