Former Celtic player makes move to Lowland League club for 2024/25 season

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The ex-Hoops ace has made another switch in his career ahead of his contract expiring in 2025.

East Kilbride have made the signing of former Celtic star Broque Watson one of their marquee appointments as they undergo a summer restructure ahead of another promotion push. The Kilby lifted another Lowland League title last season but fell at the final hurdle to League Two side Stranraer, who preserved their SPFL status with an extra time win in the play-off final.

East Kilbride manager Mick Kennedy has brought in a trio of new signings, including Watson, after agreeing a deal with Lowland League rivals Tranent. The agreement will see current Kilby winger Adam McGowan go in the opposite direction ahead of the 2024/25 season.

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Watson’s contract was due to expire in 2025, so he makes a late switch across the league, having only joined Tranent from Broomhill last summer on a free transfer. The 25-year-old scored seven times and notched two assists in 34 league appearances for the Belters last season.

Watson came through the youth ranks at Celtic and was sent out on loan on two occasions to Spartans and Cumbernauld CFC before eventually moving to Motherwell in 2018 as a free agent. The Hoops youngster was part of Michael O’Halloran’s U17s side that won the Glasgow Cup for a third consecutive season back in 2016.

The young Bhoys enjoyed a 4-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox to claim the trophy, with Watson getting on the scoresheet before half-time. Speaking to Celtic TV after the match, O’Halloran said he was ‘absolutely ecstatic’ with the win and praised his side for their efforts, particularly the goal-scorers.

“Everything we asked them to do tonight, they stuck to those tasks. Their effort and enthusiasm for the game, their desire to go and play, allied with the fact they played some nice football was very pleasing.

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“I’m not going to single any goal out because every one of them was worth its weight in gold, they were just absolutely fantastic. The credit goes to all the goal-scorers, but it was a team performance.”

Watson is a right-winger by trade but is versatile across the front three, making him an attractive target. The 25-year-old can play comfortably on the left as well as up front, and even in a deeper role on the right of the midfield.

Watson joins ex-Motherwell midfielder Jack Leitch and former Hibs ace Jordan McGregor in making the move to East Kilbride this summer transfer window. The latter two have both left the recently relegated Stirling Albion following the end of their contracts.

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