Celtic boss provides update on Jota after picking up ankle knock

By John McGinley

September 24, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou thinks Jota will be okay going forward despite picking up an ankle knock in the win over Raith Rovers last night.

Jota was hobbling a bit towards the end of the encounter against the Fife side and his ankle was strapped up post-match.

However, Postecoglou is hopeful the Portuguese attacker will be fine, despite admitting he had to leave him on the pitch longer than he would have liked.

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Speaking to The Scotsman, he said: “I think Jota’s OK. There is something looming over me at the minute, to challenge me every day.

“I would love to take him off but, with four full-backs and three centre-halves on there, putting on another centre half would have gone against every ethos of attacking football I hold dear. I told him just to stand up there and do the best he could.”

Jota was our stand-out player against Raith Rovers and he certainly put in a shift, in an unusual position, after the interval.

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We’ll need him for matches against Dundee United and Leverkusen, so hopefully the manager’s instant assessment is accurate.

With a goal and assist over the last three games, there’s certainly hope he can hit a rich vein of form and eventually combine expertly with the injured Kyogo Furuhashi.

Their movement and intelligence in the final third could be a join to watch over the coming months.

In other news, Callum McGregor only has ‘outside chance’ of making Celtic vs Leverkusen.