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Lierse drop Celtic's Watt to reserves

Belgian club Lierse SK have dropped Scottish striker Tony Watt to their reserves.

The 20-year old forward, who is on a season-long loan from Celtic, has scored eight goals in just nine league starts this term but has never been far away from controversy.

This week, Watt gave an interview with a Belgian publication that he believes head coach Stanley Menzo uses him a scapegoat whenever the side loses.

The Scotland U21 international said: "They don't know how to deal with me at Lierse.

"Whenever we lose I get the blame, and they always say I do things wrong. At Ostend last month I just played for 20 minutes, yet Menzo blamed me.

"I can't score goals if I am sitting on the bench. Menzo has two sets of rules. But you can't have different rules for different players. He clearly doesn't like me.

"I was disappointed not to start that game. It is the coach's decision and I have to respect it, even though I don't agree with it."

Lierse have reacted strongly to the comments by Watt, revealing on their official website that he has been dropped to the reserves.

"The club has decided to refer Tony Watt with immediate effect to the B-team indefinitely," read part of the club statement.

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