Jota rocket makes waves abroad as Portuguese media react to Celtic stunner

By John McGinley

August 2, 2022

Celtic winger Jota looks intent on making his permanent move to the club one that catches the attention of football fans at home and abroad.

His rocket in the opening match of the season against Aberdeen has become something of a viral clip online in Portugal, sparking lots of discussion amongst Benfica fans as well as multiple high-profile media outlets.

In the second half against the Dons, Jota received the ball from David Turnbull before muscling his way past Aberdeen midfielder Dante Polvara and banging one into the top corner from distance beyond helpless goalkeeper Kelle Roos.

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Portuguese media love Jota Celtic goal

CNN Portugal described it as Jota “causing havoc again”, with a “new season, old habits” verdict on his latest contribution after sealing a multi-million-pound move from Benfica.

A Bola dubbed it a ‘tiraço’ which I think loosely translates to something of a ‘banger’ of a goal, stating that “Jota continues to shine at the highest level for Celtic” after an impressive initial loan spell last season.

Rádio Renascença also carried footage of the screamer, stating: “Portuguese winger Jota starts the 2022/23 season as the previous one ended – delighting Celtic fans.”

Newspaper Record believes Jota is “set to make the gamble pay off” after committing his future to the Bhoys, stating Jota has hit the “new season in full swing” against the Dons.

Zero Zero noted that Jota stole the spotlight again and “drove the Celtic Park fans crazy” with his goal, while O Jogo also carried footage of the “stunning” effort.

The high-profile Benfica Youth Twitter account also shared highlights of Jota’s goal, racking up over 150,000 views, with many Benfica fans loving their former winger’s contribution.

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There’s no doubt Jota’s goal is something of a goal of the season contender already, but I’m also sure the Celtic favourite also has plenty of more golden moments in him this term.

He’s not all show, his attacking output and contributions at Celtic have been crucial over the last 12 months. You’d expect him to find even more consistency in his second season.

Ange Postecoglou has insisted there’s more to come from him as well. I reckon the Portuguese press will be carrying plenty of more stories about him soon, especially if he can raise his game to compete well in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

In other news, Greg Taylor has showcased the levels Celtic summer signings must reach.