Craig hails new sign­ing

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Tony Watt starred on his St John­stone de­but Pic­ture: Do­minic Gall Liam Craig has backed St John­stone sign­ing Tony Watt to shine this sea­son af­ter a promis­ing club de­but on Tues­day night.

The new for­ward bagged a sev­enth minute goal and then set-up two as Saints strolled to a 4-0 friendly vic­tory against Ber­wick Rangers.

Watt, who signed on Mon­day, was thrown in from the start and looked keen to im­press Perth man­ager Tommy Wright.

He did just that in his 45 minute run-out but the per­for­mance also caught the at­ten­tion of team-mate Craig.

“For some­one who has not played since Novem­ber, it’s a credit to him,” said Craig, who was cap­tain on Tues­day and also scored.

“He’s come in and shown how sharp he is in train­ing. On Tues­day he scored early and cre­ated two goals.

“The goal­keeper has made a great save to deny him and there were a cou­ple of scram­bles in the box he was un­lucky with. “He is only go­ing to get bet­ter and he has a man­ager here who is be­liev­ing in him. “He has a group of play­ers that, right away, see his class and how good he is. He is go­ing to add to what is al­ready a good squad. “David McMillan got a goal and Cal­lum Hendry had great en­ergy, move­ment and touches when he came on. “There is great com­pe­ti­tion up there.” Craig knows that boss Wright is the cor­rect man to help en­cour­age Watt to a sea­son of suc­cess. He told the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser: “You don’t play at the level he has if you are not a good foot­ball player. “Like we’ve seen in the past here with play­ers, some­times you need some­one who is go­ing to be­lieve in you, play you and trust you. “He will def­i­nitely get that from the man­ager as long as he works hard. “I look at my­self three sea­sons ago when I left Hibs.


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