Jota looks set to terrorise Scottish football this season after Celtic win

By John McGinley

August 6, 2022

Celtic star Jota was the stand-out performer for the Bhoys in today’s 3-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall, setting up all three goals and showing he is the team’s real creative force.

The Celtic winger was already the talk of the town after his stunning long-range rocket at home to Aberdeen this week but showed different sides to his game this afternoon.

It was his work ethic, persistence and skill that led to Celtic’s opening goal. The Portuguese won back possession for the Bhoys 40 yards out before combining with Callum McGregor and bursting into the box, showing strength to round the defender and lay the ball neatly at the feet of Kyogo Furuhashi, who couldn’t and didn’t miss.

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Then, he provided a sumptuous curling cross for Moritz Jenz to power home with a high header before also feeding Liel Abada, who curled home with a beautiful finish on the turn.

Jota successfully completed all four of his attempted dribbles, won all six of his ground duels, created five chances, made one interception and recovered the ball on seven occasions – alongside the three assists. [FotMob]

He was really at the heart of everything Celtic did well in an attacking sense and is one of the guaranteed starters away to Kilmarnock next weekend.

Jota heading for further Celtic stardom

In fact, he looks ready to fulfil the promise of stepping up a level, as Ange Postecoglou has challenged all of his players to do over the coming campaign.

After several loan moves away from Benfica, Jota now has the time and space to grow into his Celtic role and really take his game to new heights, backed by an adoring support and a supportive but demanding manager.

He’s started the campaign in lightning fashion and already racking up the direct goal contributions, with potentially frightening totals on the way if today was an indication.

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His output has never actually been in doubt despite some pundits suggesting he was all show and no end product. As this afternoon’s match evidenced, daft analysis like that couldn’t be further from the truth.

It’s never been clearer why Celtic spent over £6m on him, and hopefully, he can continue to justify the price tag against teams up and down the division.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou reacts to Moritz Jenz’s Celtic debut.