Celtic winger Jota on Kyogo's movement; discusses outrageous UEL goal

By Euan Davidson

October 21, 2021

Celtic winger Jota, on loan from Benfica, has discussed his teammate Kyogo, and how he’s trying to build an on-pitch understanding with the Japan international.

The two have combined to devastating effect since linking up for Celtic. The movement of Kyogo, combined with Jota’s innate ability to find space for himself and others, is a deadly threat.

The best example of that was the genuinely outrageous goal against Ferencvaros on Tuesday. From Celtic’s own half, Jota found Kyogo on the run, and delivered an exquisite pass to the Japan striker. Kyogo’s first touch met the ball beautifully, and the end result was inevitable.

Jota insisted that Kyogo makes it easy for him. He said [via the Sun]:

“I’m starting to get to know Kyogo and his movements are unbelievable. He really can move, he’s one of the best players I’ve seen doing movements.

“On Tuesday I saw his move and I wanted to do the pass. It was good because he took the ball really well and scored.

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“I will definitely go to learn some Japanese to speak with him, but I think the most important thing is inside the pitch we are starting to get to know each other.

“Game after game, we are going to get better.”

Jota and Kyogo could be an outstanding pairing for years at Celtic

Interesting side-note: how many loanees express a willingness to learn a new language for a teammate? We’ve brought in not just a quality player, but a quality person in the form of João Pedro Neves Filipe.

It’s not the kind of behaviour you’d see from someone who doesn’t have long-term goals at the club. Just saying.

With these two at the fulcrum of Celtic’s attack, the options are genuinely frightening for opposition teams. Abada, just 20, has been an excellent signing. Giakoumakis could slot in for a more physical goal threat. James Forrest is yet to come back, and there’s Mikey Johnston available too.

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But with this duo leading the way, Celtic will score plenty of goals. It’s an inevitability.

Their combination for the opening goal against Ferencvaros wasn’t just sublime, it was a hint at what could be to come. That goal came from a quick break, and required technical, fast and talented players to pull it off.

That’s the team Ange Postecoglou is building. If he can secure Jota for the long-term, and Kyogo continues to produce magic, the possibilities are very exciting indeed.

Read more: St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson left Celtic Park heavily impressed on Tuesday