Celtic fans face nail-biting Cup Final wait on Jota

By Euan Davidson

December 4, 2021

You’ve Jota have faith, and it’ll be required for Celtic fans with the Portuguese winger a doubt for the Premier Sports Cup Final.

Jota requires a scan on his hamstring [Scotsman], and is definitely ruled out of action for Sunday’s game at Tannadice. Beyond that, there’s concern about the winger’s availability throughout December.

Although Jota was reportedly feeling alright after the win over Hearts, the Scotsman report that “the injury is concerning enough to require a scan.”

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Celtic fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for good news. Jota was instrumental in getting Celtic to the final, and his recent run of games has been outstanding. In total for Celtic, the former Portuguese youth international has 8 goals and 7 assists in 18 outings [Transfermarkt].

That kind of production is very hard to replace. In his stead, Ange Postecoglou has issued a challenge to Mikey Johnston, who came on for Jota on Thursday night.

If there’s positive news from the scan, then the hope would be that Jota won’t miss too many more games after tomorrow’s trip to Tannadice. Anything more serious represents a significant blow to Celtic boss Postecoglou.

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What a shame it would be for Jota to miss his first Celtic cup final, having been so instrumental in getting us there

It’s not that Jota hasn’t won any trophies before. He has a league title with Benfica, European Championship U19 and U17 honours, and a Portuguese Super Cup.

But instilling a winning mentality within the Celtic squad is crucial. Lifting the League Cup would galvanise a squad that’s showing promise, but are still relatively new to each other. It worked for Brendan Rodgers, and Martin O’Neill amongst others.

Given his displays in previous rounds, with a huge influence in the goal to beat St Johnstone, and his strike against Raith Rovers, it would be particularly cruel for Jota to miss out.

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The trickery, pace and end product he brings is crucial. It’s absolutely no wonder fans want him at Celtic long-term.

The Bhoys do have back-up options, of course. However, it’d make a potentially difficult game against Hibernian that bit tougher if we didn’t have the ingenuity of Jota to help us out.

With any luck, Jota will be walking out the tunnel at Hampden with his Celtic team-mates come the 19th of December.

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