John Hartson hails impact of Celtic loanee Jota live on radio

By Euan Davidson

October 20, 2021

John Hartson has listed the vast qualities of Celtic loanee Jota, and has suggested that the club may need to get their chequebook out in January.

Speaking to the Go Radio Football Show [17.38], Hartson was emphatic in his praise for the Celtic loanee. Jota has been something of a sensation since joining on loan from Benfica.

The former Portugal U21 star has been quite the find for manager Ange Postecoglou. And Hartson, listing his qualities, suggested it might be time for Celtic to get their wallet out, if Jota can continue his form into winter.

Hartson said Go Radio Football Show [17.38]:

“He always wants the ball, he puts himself really wide, in a position where he’s always available. He wants to go forward, he wants to beat a player. If teams are doubling up on him, then he shifts the ball and puts the cross in.

“He can go to the byline and almost lift it to the back post, he can smash it across the goal, pick people out, he can score goals.

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“If I was Celtic – I know they’ve got a little bit of time on their hands, he’s contracted to a year, a year alone. I’m not too sure whether Benfica can move the goalposts in terms of wanting more… but Celtic have got time. Let’s have a look to see how he continues.

“I would look at December, going into January. If he’s still showing the form that he’s showing, making goals, scoring goals… I think they’re going to have to come up with the money to buy him.”

Hartson isn’t alone in his assessment of Celtic talent Jota

This is hardly a fringe opinion. While loan deals have been a source of consternation for supporters in recent years, Jota comes with a purchase option.

Ultimately, Celtic hold the cards. If the club can convince Jota to make a permanent move to Glasgow, they’re able to. For under £7m, it’d be tremendous value, provided he can continue his streak of performances and goal contributions in the Green and White.

Since joining, Jota has scored 3 and set up a further 4 in 9 outings. Or if you prefer, it’s 7 goal contributions in just 9 games [Transfermarkt]. That’s phenomenal, but is it sustainable?

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Celtic will require evidence of that before they’re likely to spend that much on one player. However, if the club want to make a long-term profit, Jota seems like the kind of wise investment the board would have dreamt about.

It’d be a popular decision, we know that. For now, though, there’s plenty of time to just enjoy the Portuguese winger’s performances.

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