Celtic star Jota hails Ange the mastermind after Europa League success

By Euan Davidson

November 5, 2021

Celtic star man Jota was quick to praise his manager rather than himself after the Bhoys picked up a vital Europa League win.

Jota, on loan from Benfica, had another fantastic game. He offered a constant threat to Ferencvaros, scoring with a sensational solo effort from a quick Celtic move.

Asked about his attacking partners in Abada and Kyogo, Jota was keen instead to put the onus on his manager. Clearly, Ange Postecoglou has struck up a bond with many of his players, who are buying into his footballing philosophy.

That’s certainly the case for Jota. After a frustrating spell in La Liga, the former Portugal youth sensation has been a revelation for Celtic. Fans are desperate for the club to secure him permanently.

Jota said after the game [BT Sport]:

“I think that happens because of the philosophy of our game, and what we build as a team. The team was great and now we just have to keep on.

“For sure [it feels like home]. We are a new team, like 12 new team-mates, and we are just starting to get to know each other. Month after month, I think we are getting stronger, and start to be like a real family. Things are doing well, we just have to keep humble and work hard.

“We just have to believe in [Ange’s] ideas. If we work as a team, if we listen to what he says, then everything will be better on the pitch. That’s what we’re looking to do.”

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Jota is buying into life at Celtic; Ange Postecoglou has to make case to board

Celtic have a massive opportunity. Jota is still so young, and is showing his abilities on a big stage. With the Bhoys able to buy him in for less than £7m, he surely has to be the main target for Ange Postecoglou in January or beyond.

We’re seeing, increasingly, Celtic summer recruits speaking almost unprompted about how much they love being at the club. From Joe Hart to Kyogo via Josip Juranovic, there’s a real, tangible team spirit at the club.

Given the turnover in the summer, that’s absolutely remarkable. Consider the difference from last season, when Vasilis Barkas and Shane Duffy had such problems adapting to life at Celtic.

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It’s marked. Whether that’s a change of approach from the club in general, or the influence of Ange, it’s brilliant for supporters.

It’ll be said a lot – and has been said a lot already – but Celtic have to act on Jota long-term. If he stays at the club for a few years, who knows what he can produce?

Even longer-term, he could end up being a huge financial asset for the club. But that’s in the future.

For now, Jota is loving life with Ange Postecoglou and Celtic. That should serve as a warning to each and every team we play.

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