Jota discusses potential Celtic availability for Ross County

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

New signing Jota has confirmed he’s been working hard to be available for Celtic against Ross County this Saturday.

The Portuguese under-21 international signed for the club on transfer deadline day in a loan move from Benfica. However, the left-winger hasn’t played for the club since pre-season. His last competitive game, meanwhile, came back in May on loan with Real Valladolid.

Even so, Celtic are in desperate need of another left-winge option immediately. With Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie both gone along with Mikey Johnston being injured, we have no natural left-wingers outside of Jota.

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He was clearly keen not to upset manager Ange Postecoglou, but the talented attacker admitted he’s putting in the effort to be ready, available, and selected.

“Yes I’m working every day to do it (play against Ross County). But that depends on the coach. He’s the one who makes the decisions. I just try to do my best and then he will make the best decisions for the team. So yeah I can’t wait for that.”

Jota arrives at Celtic Park with no reported injury concerns.

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No need to rush Jota if he isn’t ready for Celtic vs Ross County

If there are any unknown issues or fitness concerns surrounding Jota, it would be wise to keep him sidelined. Only Ange Postecoglou will know where he’s at fitness-wise, but any issues and there’s no need to risk it.

With respect to County, this is a fixture Celtic should comfortably win in regardless of whether Jota is available or not. Whilst the game should have a great atmosphere and fans ready in anticipation for new signings to feature, we can’t allow ourselves to bet pulled into playing a player who needs a bit more time.

Celtic have massive games ahead. In Europe, we have Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen on the horizon. Domestically? Tough away matches against Livingston and Aberdeen feature before the next international break.

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Celtic have the personnel available to dismantle County without needing to throw in the new players. Then again, on the contrary, if Jota is available and ready for minutes, there’s no need to shield him on what would be a perfect introduction to life at Celtic.

The game would be set up for a player with the talent of the Portuguese winger. Celtic will boss position and likely use the flanks to stretch County. Jota, if he plays, will be a key part of our attacking arsenal on the day.

Over to you Ange.

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