Celtic winger Jota makes return to full training at Lennoxtown

By Euan Davidson

January 13, 2022

Celtic winger Jota has returned to Lennoxtown for full training, the club have revealed.

Within the last half hour, Celtic delighted supporters on social media with a picture of the Portuguese winger training at Lennoxtown. It’s caused quite the stir on Celtic Twitter, with the immensely popular attacker having been out since the start of December.

The tricky winger missed the League Cup Final, and Ange Postecoglou sounded worried about the extent of his injury.

However, as you can see, Jota is in Celtic training gear:

Now, quite what this means for his comeback timescale? We won’t know until Ange Postecoglou gives Celtic supporters the word on Jota’s first-team return. However, his return to full-training, as opposed to doing sessions by himself, is extremely positive.

But with exciting investment since Jota was injured, there’s surely real hope now that the Benfica loanee can do some damage. He was already fantastic in a front-line with Kyogo and Abada, scoring 8 goals and nabbing 6 assists in just 18 games [Transfermarkt].

The combinations we could see, though? Daizen Maeda terrorising defenders on the left, and Jota making a fool of his marker on the right? The Portuguese winger supplying crosses for Giakoumakis? Dovetailing with Abada again? It’s a tantalising thought.

Whatever the case, it’s great to see him back training.

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Sight of Celtic winger Jota has fans all thinking the same thing

Now he’s definitely back in the Celtic fold, what happens next?

Reportedly, talks had been progressing well between Benfica and the Hoops. The Daily Record stated that Jota was on the “brink” and a deal could be close.

Now, Jota being back in full training, and Celtic announcing it, is no big hint. Either way, he’s on our books this season, and he’s a player that Bhoys fans have taken to. It’s easy numbers on Twitter! And there’s no harm in that at all. However, Celtic’s aggression in the transfer market thus far has given room for encouragement.

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It’s already been a successful window. But tying up loose ends for Jota and fellow loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers would absolutely delight the fans, that’s for sure.

Again, these are conclusions that are yet to be made. But after what feels like forever without the sight of Jota in games or in training, this is a welcome, welcome sight.

Here’s hoping he’s involved in the squad before long.

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