"People might not understand"; Celtic fan favourite gives unlikely response in supporter Q+A
Celtic winger Jota is beloved by Hoops fans already, so it was no surprise to see him tackling another Q+A session. This time, it was via the Celtic View Podcast, where he was asked to try Irn Bru, and handle enquiries about his hair.
Perhaps the only thing missing was a follow-up on the George Michael comparisons.
But what was surprising, alongside his comments about Ange and prime Barcelona, was his choice of favourite game for Celtic. Having joined in the summer, he already has some great wins to choose from.
That would’ve been simple, though. Jota doesn’t do things the straight-forward way.
Asked by a Celtic supporter for his favourite game thus far, Jota said [Celtic TV]:
“People might not understand this, but I would have to say the Betis game in Seville. It was one of our best games. We lost 4-3, but if people look closely, we did a really good game. We created chances.
“It was not easy for Betis to play against us, and it was Europa [League] stage. Although we lost the game, I think it was a really nice game. It shows a bit of our personality; we were losing but we wanted to keep on doing our game.
“That’s what big teams with big personalities do, and we want to do that all year.”
Surprising answer is likely to endear Jota to Celtic supporters even more
Leaving aside the fact that he’s Portuguese and has excellent English, Jota is clearly an intelligent guy all-round. His answers to questions are thoughtful and well-articulated.
Although his preference for the Real Betis game is a bit strange on the surface, it actually makes sense. It was the moment that the Celtic players realised if they could follow Ange Postecoglou’s tactics, they’d bloody the noses of European clubs.
That we didn’t win that game still rankles. Jota, though, can’t be blamed. He really blossomed into life that night, off the back of an intriguing debut at Parkhead.
Personality is everything. Joe Hart has it, Kyogo has it, Juranovic has it; the signings made in the summer just ooze confidence, ability and ideology. To have targeted so many spirited individuals to fit the team perfectly, in what looked like a trolley-dash of a summer window, is remarkable.
So, Jota has it right. We saw that personality before our eyes against Betis. Ultimately, it didn’t lead to a win, but there was an improvement in Celtic from then on.
As for Jota? Here’s hoping he’ll be involved in plenty of more Q+A sessions at Celtic in the long-term.