Jota hails impact of teammates after hot start to life at Celtic
Portuguese winger Jota has hailed the impact of his teammates after getting off the mark for Celtic.
Something of an unknown quantity in Scotland, Jota was a hotly-tipped young talent in Portugal. Once the subject of a rejected bid from Real Madrid, the 22-year-old found opportunities hard to come by at childhood club Benfica.
Now though, he’s turning on the style for Celtic. And he’s credited the players around him for his promising start to life in Glasgow. In just four games, he’s provided a goal and an assist [Transfermarkt], and led the way in the Europa League.
Jota said [Sun]:
“It was an unbelievable feeling to score. I was really hoping for this to happen and fortunately it did for me on Thursday.
“I’m really happy. The lads have been helping me a lot, and now I’m looking forward to doing more.
“I’ve been here for two or three weeks and the process has been amazing. They are so welcoming.
“Game by game we are learning with each other. There are plenty of new players, we just need to fit in, trust the process and deliver game after game. And I think we’re doing that.”
Jota has bought into Celtic culture, and that’s a fantastic sign
Between the Celtic Park atmosphere and a welcoming dressing room, 22-year-old Jota has had a fantastic start to life in Green and White.
Fine, he doesn’t love the cold so much, but he by no means sounds like a player who’s just here to pick up some form on loan. He’s talked a number of times about the vision of the club, buying into the mindset and tactics of the manager, and working with teammates who understand him.
It’s also worth noting that he has pretty outstanding English. Yet, language hasn’t seemed like a huge barrier to success in this dressing room. Kyogo has got along fine, while Josip Juranovic, Carl Starfelt and other signings seem perfectly ready to take instruction.
Results do need to improve. But from everything the players have been saying, specifically the newer ones, there’s a great atmosphere at Celtic Park these days.
That’s absolutely vital. Ahead of a tough test tomorrow, and a considerable foe in the shape of Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, keeping up the smiles and the trust in the manager is imperative.
But you sense if Jota has anything to do with it, maintaining positive vibes won’t be a huge issue.