"That's a non-question"; Celtic winger Jota not having media's title narrative

By David Walton

September 28, 2021

Celtic winger Jota brilliantly came out swinging in his media conference today as he hit back at the idea that the team are already having title concerns.

The Hoops have indeed started their Premiership campaign in dismal fashion. We have only three wins from seven and have already lost three games too. Slip-ups in recent matches against Livingston and Dundee United has led to plenty of momentum disappearing.

Celtic six points behind Rangers in the title race and five behind Hearts and Hibs. Considering we also sit in sixth position, we can’t pretend it’s been an ideal start by any stretch of the imagination.

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But Jota, despite only being at Celtic for four weeks, is already hitting back at media narratives about title fears.

Speaking at his presser via Celtic TV today, the on-loan Benfica star said: “I think that’s a non-question for us because we don’t think like that. We’re still in September the last time I checked – there are no champions in September.

“So I think we just have to play game-by-game, develop each game, learn the things we do wrong, and just be a better team. So I think the Championship will end in May, and then we can speak about that.

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“But for now there’s plenty of the Championship to play.”

Jota taking the correct stance; too early for title-concerns

Credit to the on-loan Benfica man for his approach here. He’s putting his best foot forward and backing the club and his teammates. It’s exactly what the Celtic supporters want to see from our better players. A bit of fight and some biting back at the criticism.

Not that it’s undeserved of course. Celtic have put themselves in a horrible early position. Nobody predicted this when Ange Postecoglou took over even if we were wary of an initial struggle.

It’s an unacceptable predicament, but we have to be wary about talk of title concessions or fears over early dropped points. Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how long a season actually is. Rangers, Hearts, and Hibs for example will drop a lot more than six points over the course of the season.

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Our only priority should be building up some momentum and consistency. Yes, with every passing game we don’t win it’s another blow. But we need to avoid making them come across as more severe than they actually are.

Celtic were six points behind Rangers heading into the new year derby last season. Back then, the talk was that if we won at Ibrox then the title-race was back on. We’re three months earlier into the new campaign than at that period, so there’s no point going over the top.

No doubt this Celtic side has a lot to prove to the supporters. But let’s not give in so early into the season. It’s only September, and whilst there have been some big blows, it does nothing for us to give in so easily.

In other news, Struggling Celtic man Carl Starfelt receives second consecutive Sweden call-up