If Celtic can sign Jota permanently over the next few months, then they would send a “real statement of intent” to their title rivals, reporter says Pete o’rourke.
The 22-year-old arrived on a one-season loan deal over the summer from childhood club Benfica and became an instant fan favorite among Hoops loyalists.
Would Jota be a good signing?
In just 18 games for the Glasgow giants, Jota has already scored eight goals and provided six assists to the ever-growing loads of Ange Postecoglou.
An injury has sadly forced the former Portugal Under-21 international to withdraw from Celtic’s recent Scottish League Cup success, but he looks set to play a central role in their quest for more money this season.
Parkhead’s side finished last season without a trophy for the first time since 2009/10 after finishing 25 points behind their fierce rivals the Rangers in the standings.
However, after a rocky start under the guidance of their new manager, Celtic now look set for an exciting title battle with Gers by May.
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And Jota could be crucial in this brawl. According to WhoScored, the skillful winger averages three shots per Championship game throughout 2021/22, 1.4 dribbles and 1.5 crosses.
Ahead of this week’s clash with St Mirren, those numbers put him in the top two for every metric compared to his teammates, underscoring his importance to Postecoglou’s side, and a Portuguese journalist on Twitter last month suggested that a permanent change could be on the cards.
As a result, securing his services in the long run would certainly be an important step forward in Celtic’s development, as O’Rourke suggests.
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What did O’Rourke say about Jota?
The transfer expert believes Jota’s return to Celtic Park would signify their ambition to regain their place at the top of Scottish football.
He told GiveMeSport: “I think if they could get Jota signed, sealed and delivered on a permanent basis it would be a massive signing and a true declaration of intent from Celtic that they want to challenge Rangers for the highest honors in Scotland again. “
Could Celtic sign Jota permanently?
The youngster’s loan deal includes an option for Celtic to buy the creative talent for an estimated amount of just over £ 6million after the season ends.
It remains to be seen if the club’s hierarchy will seize the opportunity to do so, but if Jota continues to produce the same form he has so far then it will surely be too good an opportunity to refuse.
As the battle for supremacy in Scotland intensifies again, Jota could be the catalyst that would restore the balance of power in Celtic’s favor.