Portuguese winger Jota loving life at Celtic; apart from one key factor

By Euan Davidson

September 24, 2021

Portuguese winger Jota is playing his way into the hearts of Celtic supporters, and he appears to be enjoying a new lease of life in Glasgow.

However, the Benfica loanee admitted there is something holding him back a little: the weather.

Used to the Mediterranean climate, the bracing wind and rain of Glasgow is something of a new experience for the Bhoys forward. Still, the 22-year-old is scoring and creating goals.

Impressed with the standard under Postecoglou, the man who opened the scoring last night was keen to plead for patience after the latest in a series of promising performances.

Jota said [Celtic FC]:

“First of all, it’s very cold. So, I’m still trying to adapt, one more week and I think I will be fine!

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“Talking serious[ly], the team is really good. The process[es] are very good, I really like the way we see football, the way we play football.

“I think we just need a bit more time to know each other. It’s a completely new team, new players. Success doesn’t happen from one second to another. So I think we are building something good in here, and we will deliver the results for sure.”

Cold or not, Celtic winger Jota is exciting supporters

Jota’s career so far has been particularly interesting. Something of a superstar at youth level, he’s had to be patient for chances at professional level.

A loan at Real Valladolid was solid if unspectacular, and opportunities were at a premium with Benfica. However, a very educated punt from Celtic has yielded some electric displays from the Portuguese attacker.

Last night in particular, he was outstanding. It wasn’t just his goal, either. Until the final whistle, he was pressing the opposition defence, bothering the goalkeeper and seeking out opportunities.

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Ending the game as a centre-forward, Jota was keen to show his energy, versatility and willingness to fight for the shirt. Far from being a risky loanee with tricks and not much else, the Portuguese winger has that magical quality Celtic fans love; a bit of gallus.

He’ll get used to the cold, we’re sure. He’ll have to, really, with Autumn in full swing.

The climate may not be to his liking. But the responsibility on his shoulders, the attitude of the boss and the players around him certainly are.

In other news: Celtic fans mightily impressed by Liam Scales debut