Ange Postecoglou singles out "real special" Celtic performer

By Dave Flanigan

August 7, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has singled out Jota for praise after the winger’s inspired performance led the Hoops to victory in Dingwall yesterday.

The 23-year-old helped himself to a hat-trick of assists and another man-of-the-match award in the highlands following last week’s stunning strike against Aberdeen at Celtic Park.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Postecoglou said: “Jota is earning the assists in the right way, he’s working hard.

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“He has joined this club permanently and he wants to be the best he can be and show people there’s another level to him.

“On a difficult day on a tight pitch with the wind, with those kind of players, it takes the real special ones to be able to still find and create space for themselves.

“He was put under a lot of pressure any time he had the ball at his feet. He’d take people on and they committed quite a few fouls on him and others because of that. It was another strong performance from him.”

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There are no player of the season awards given out in August, but it would take a brave soul to bet against Jota being in contention when the accolades are handed out at the end of the season, given how he’s started the campagin for Celtic.

After completing his move permanently in June, some corners of the Scottish press raised questions about the fee and whether his consistency merited it, but there can be no doubt that Celtic have secured a bargain for the 23 year old, who looks set to light up the Scottish Premiership again this year.

Following his early goal of the season contender against Aberdeen, Jota’s sublime cross for Jenz’ winner and two cutbacks for Kyogo’s opener and Abada’s clincher in injury time yesterday made all the difference in Dingwall yesterday – the Portuguese is winning games of football almost on his own.

Kilmarnock would do well to try and keep him quiet when the Hoops come calling at Rugby Park next weekend.

In other news: New Celtic hero Moritz Jenz left buzzing with away support