Celtic winger Jota is already putting the media in its place

By David Walton

September 29, 2021

Celtic winger Jota was clearly left irked with a particular line of questioning in the build-up to the Bayer Leverkusen clash tomorow.

The Hoops are on a poor run of form that’s seen them pick up only two wins in their last six matches. The loss of key players to injury has been a big issue for the club, with Celtic missing the spark that had them flying in the early stages of the campaign.

Their latest result, a 1-1 draw against Dundee United, was perhaps the biggest disappointment yet. Celtic didn’t boss the midfield as we would’ve expected, whilst clear-cut chances were at a premium.

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But Jota has taken real issue with the idea that Celtic didn’t show enough intensity. When asked about it, it was a question that clearly annoyed the on-loan Benfica winger.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Jota said: “You think we don’t have the intensity of a few weeks back? Then you have to look at the data. The data doesn’t tell you that, so I’m not sure if that’s correct.

“I respect the opinion but I have to disagree. I don’t think our intensity is less than the previous weeks. We are doing quite well in terms of intensity. The only thing is that we need to score the chances we have been creating and keep on working and I’m sure things will be good for us in the future.

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“Last Sunday against Dundee United I was very good friends with the woodwork! On another day we could have won that game comfortably. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win. We hit the crossbar three times, which is a record this season, for sure.”

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Interesting to see how frustrating Jota feels the intensity question is. After all, we haven’t produced our best performances in the results against Livingston and Dundee Utd.

What is great to see is the fight being delivered here. Jota gives off the vibe of a player who’s seriously invested in the process. The kind of player Celtic need if they’re going to get out of their current slump.

He’s putting the media in its place brilliantly, and is showing a maturity in press conferences that has come to surprise the Celtic supporters.

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And to an extent he’s right. There was plenty of intensity in the 1-0 loss to Livingston, especially before they scored the opening goal. Celtic were banging on the door with crosses into the penalty area, but just couldn’t get the breakthrough they needed.

In the draw against United, meanwhile, it was similar in the first 45. Celtic had their opportunities to win the game, but made a hash of things in the final third. Has there been a drop in intensity levels? Yes, but that’s likely due to the injury problems alone.

Celtic have a massive chance to bounce back tomorrow night against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow. Time will tell, however, whether we can find the levels that we were operating at in early August.

In other news, Callum McGregor’s Scotland call-up has left Celtic supporters hugely concerned