One-time Millers target grabs plaudits

ROTHERHAM United are keeping up their hunt for a striker as previous target Tony Watt grabbed the Champions League headlines this week.

The 18-year-old Glasgow Celtic ace was the subject of a £250,000 approach from the Millers during the summer and nearly joined the club on loan until a change of heart from manager Neil Lennon.

But Watt's career and reputation has been lifted to a different level after be came off the bench to net a crucial second goal in Celtic's 2-1 win over the mighty Barcelona at Parkhead on Wednesday night.

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It came just hours after Steve Evans was given permission to talk to a new striker, the latest move in his long pursuit of a proven scorer.

But the Millers chief had a knowing smile after he watched Watt help bring down the best club side in the world.

The Scot, a lifelong Celtic fan, told the Advertiser: "I sat there and watched Tony Watt with pride because he's a big talent and Rotherham United know all about him.

"Our chief scout watched him in three U18s games last season and I went to see him score twice against Motherwell. We offered to buy him for £250,000 or take him on loan because we felt we could aid his development.

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"Neil Lennon was happy with that but then he missed out on one of his own targets and opted to keep the lad in the door there and I respected the decision.

"Now he's gone and scored the winner against Barcelona in the Champions League, I suppose we won't be signing him!"

The Millers chase a fifth win in sixth in all competitions away to improving Dagenham and Redbridge tomorrow.