Our on-loan Portuguese winger stole the headlines at Pittodrie on Sunday with a late winner which relieves the recent pressure on both his team-mates and on manager Ange Postecoglou.
Since signing on a season long loan deal on deadline day Jota has been one of our most consistent performers during what’s been a fairly turbulent time and he could have picked no better time than the dying stages of a nervy game with Aberdeen to grab his first league goal for the club.
It’s reported that the club have an option to buy from Benfica for a fee in the region of £6M and from what we’ve seen so far this would be money well spent. Great technique, a trick or two, and fantastic hair – what more do you want from your winger?!
The 2-1 win over the Dons was absolutely crucial (our first away league victory since a 2-1 win over St Johnstone back on 14th February) given the stuttering league form we’ve seen in recent weeks and all the more important that it now allows us to reset and refocus with a bit more confidence during this latest international break.
Ange will be desperate to see his internationalists return safe and will following the horrendous run of injuries we’ve seen recently and will be waiting anxiously on the return of Kyogo and co. towards the end of next week.
Ange himself has shown considerable resilience by persevering with a system that he evidently has complete faith in, and though it may have been easier to take a more pragmatic approach against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Aberdeen given the pressure he’s been under it’s clear that he’s determined to do things his way.
If the Celtic board show the patience that he needs and that he deserves then we’ll see notable success under the charismatic Australian.
Let’s not forget the mess he inherited, and on that basis there’s no quick fix here. Give him the time, give him the tools and we’ll see the rewards.
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