Stephen Robinson is happy to have added Tony Watt to his Motherwell ranks ahead of cup weekend- as the famed ex-Celtic striker has got his hunger back.
The Well travel to St Mirren for their Scottish Cup fifth round tie. Robinson’s side are going into this game looking for a quarter-final berth, aiming to reach the heights of 2017/18 when they reached the final at Hampden.
They’ve been buoyed by a new signing in Watt. The well-travelled Scotsman has arrived at Fir Park until the end of the season, looking to add firepower to Robinson’s frontline.
The Northern Irishman is delighted to have Watt over the line as he looks for Buddies success: “We lost James Scott at the last minute. We turned down a number of bids until we eventually got to a selling point. The deal wasn’t done till 23:30 so we didn’t have the opportunity to replace him.
“James gave us a physical presence and an outlet in all three positions. To get someone with the experience of Tony at this stage, we are very pleased. He is very, very hungry. That is the key to me, to keep Tony hungry. There is no doubting his talent and he has come in and done really well.
“I was actually convinced after the first day but didn’t say anything, because of his talent. But I think he has got his hunger back. It is a short-term contract to win a longer one. We are hoping it will turn into a longer-term one. if it’s successful.
“Tony has had a lot of clubs, he has been up and down, but there has never been any doubt that he is a talented boy. If we can harness that talent and get him really fit and really believing in what we do, which I genuinely think he will do, then he will be a big asset to us.’
“St Mirren is one we’re looking forward to. It’s quite local to us, we’ll take a lot of fans. It’s fantastic our allocation is sold out. I thought we were excellent against Hibs, poor against Livingston and had a very good first half against Celtic.
“The reality was they overpowered but we’ve got to take the positives. If we continue to play like we did in the first half, we can continue to have a very successful season. St Mirren are very hard to breakdown.
“They do sit in and try and hit on the counter. It’s up to us to take the game to them.”