Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou delivers significant blow for Premier Sports Cup final

By Euan Davidson

December 8, 2021

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Celtic winger Jota will miss the Premier Sports Cup Final.

Jota was one of a number of casualties from the game against Hearts. He, Stephen Welsh and Anthony Ralston all came off in the course of Celtic’s 1-0 win at Parkhead.

At the time, it didn’t look as if Jota’s problems were extensive. However, according to Jo Hendry of Go Radio, the Celtic manager confirmed that the winger will miss the Premier Sports Cup Final on the 19th of December [via Jo Hendry]:

It leaves Celtic without one of their main attacking weapons against Hibernian. Jota has established himself as a fan favourite with his phenomenal output for the Hoops. The Benfica loanee has an outstanding 14 goal contributions in 18 Celtic games [Transfermarkt].

In his stead, Mikey Johnston will look to cement his place in Ange Postecoglou’s long-term plans. The Celtic Academy graduate had frustrated in his substitute appearances over recent weeks. However, against Dundee United, Johnston was impressive, direct and a threat all afternoon.

That said, it’s still a blow. Especially for a player who fans are desperate to see the club sign permanently.

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A disappointment for Celtic star Jota to miss his first Hampden final with Ange Postecoglou

Given Jota’s input in the semi-final, and his appearances in Europe, he’s not remotely phased by the big occasions. Those are the kinds of players who Celtic can rely upon at Hampden.

While it’s not a hammer blow, and Celtic do have plenty of talent, it’s a real shame for someone of his calibre to miss out on a final like this.

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Ange Postecoglou will be insisting that his players use the occasion to reassert the dominant winning culture at Paradise. That’s whether Celtic have Jota or no Jota.

Fingers crossed for a clean bill of health in the games leading up to the Premier Sports Cup Final a week on Sunday.

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