Ange Postecoglou shuts down unnecessary Celtic transfer talk

By Lewis Laird

April 25, 2022

It was a match-winning display from Jota on Sunday afternoon, with the winger having his part to play in both of Celtic’s goals.

In the build-up to the Bhoy’s trip to face Ross County in Dingwall, much was made in the media about the 23-year old’s recent performances.

But he silenced those critics by adding to his goal contributions tally in the Green and White, playing a key part in the 2-0 win.

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With the on-loan Benfica man returning to his best form on Sunday, the question was raised once again – are the club any closer in their reported push to sign Jota on a permanent deal?

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was quick to shut down any more transfer talk, insisting that his focus is on the here and now.

The 56-year old also hailed the winger for his contributions despite being ‘really unfortunate’ with injury issues at points in the season.

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“If anyone thinks we’re thinking of anything other than what happened today, well…,” he said, as quoted by Sun Sport.

“For all of us, the most important thing is that we work hard to get a successful year out of this.

“Whatever happens beyond that, these conversations, there are two parties, and if two parties want the same thing, then it will happen.

“He was good. With him, he had such a great start to the year; then, he had a significant injury.

“He’s another who has just been really unfortunate with a disrupted year, but he’s worked really hard to get back to the form we know he has.

“Very few of our boys have had a smooth run this year, and they’ve had to overcome difficulties – and he’s one of them.”

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Ange is right to turn the focus away from transfer talk

Most Celtic fans will likely have made their feelings clear on Jota. It would be brilliant to see him sign up permanently.

For now, though, Ange is right to put that talk to one side.

The most important thing in the season’s final four games is his side producing their best performances, including Jota.

The transfer dealings of both Jota and Cameron Carter Vickers will come with time.

Securing the league title and Champions League football could also play a big part in the decision making of both players.

So, let’s focus on getting this title over the line first, and then think ahead to next season.

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