Ange Postecoglou delivers verdict on performance of today's 2 Celtic debut Bhoys

By John McGinley

September 11, 2021

Ange Postecoglou was impressed by his new Celtic signings Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota, as they made their debuts against Ross County this afternoon.

Both players arrived on deadline day at the end of last month. While they have been training at Lennoxtown over the break, they’ve only had one real session with the regular international starters, so it was a big ask for them to perform today.

Carter-Vickers was composed and mature at the back, even finding his way to goal with a deflected shot in the 3-0 win.

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Jota meanwhile certainly showed technical ability and will be working hard to find a more consistent end product.

Postecoglou was happy with both, telling BBC Radio Scotland [17:15] this evening: “Yeah I thought both were excellent. We’re still giving guys debuts so I’ve got to keep things in check in terms of progress we’re making.

“But Cam came in, and in age terms he’s still a young man but he shows maturity beyond that in the way he plays. I thought he was really good today.

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“Jota had some really bright spots. He wasn’t ready to play 90 minutes but with the changes I had to make we were forced to leave him out there and it will do him the world of good.”

I definitely agree with the assessment on both.

Carter-Vickers will surely grow into his new role in Glasgow, while Jota is not far away from being a very effective talent in the final third.

You can see where some of the criticisms regarding Jota’s end product come from. But he clearly has the technical ability and, hopefully, Ange in conjunction with his staff can coach good habits into his play.

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There’s a long way to go for this pair, but as a first showing, they didn’t do too badly at all.

Thursday night’s test away to Real Betis will be a much firmer indication of where both stand right now.

In other news, Adam Montgomery has a big future as he impresses Celtic supporters again.