The reality of Jota to Celtic and why there's no reason to panic
Everywhere you turn at the minute there seems to be an update on Jota after his Celtic loan spell last season.
For some it’s become a bit of an obsession. Updates over certain language in a report or what the player is actually doing with his every move appear to be sweeping the news cycle at the moment.
Sure, with Cameron Carter-Vickers having already joined Celtic permanently after his loan deal last season, questions will indeed be asked about why Jota didn’t swiftly follow.
A report from Portuguese outlet Record last week stated that the player and the club were still negotiating over his contract. That was another update that seemed to strike some fear into supporters on fan forums and social media platforms.
But it’s important to look at the reality of the situation here. We’re only several days into the new summer transfer window. There is plenty of time for the club to iron this out. Not to mention the fact the player is also still on his holidays. It stands to reason that he would be allowed to rest up first and foremost before he sorts out where he’ll be playing next season.
It’s also not as if there have truly been any updates for Celtic surrounding the move. He isn’t in talks with other clubs and the player hasn’t exactly rejected the opportunity to return to Parkhead.
Celtic have no reason to panic over Jota situation
If we’re several weeks into pre-season and Jota still isn’t a part of the squad, then you can understand some panic stations settling in. But there’s absolutely no reason to believe that’s going to be the case.
In fact, the most recent update from Record still states that they expect the player to sign for the Hoops. Why, then, there’s any real panic over this is a touch bemusing.
We can understand the eagerness to get the deal done as quickly as possible of course. It stands to reason that Celtic fans want this done as soon as possible to avoid disaster. But as supporters it’s also important that we don’t obsess over it when, on the outside, there’s very little to be worried about.
Celtic will return for pre-season training at the end of the month before a pre-season trip to Austria is on the cards in July. If Jota isn’t a part of that tour or the first few of our pre-season friendlies, that’s when there’s potentially an issue for us.
But at the moment? Jota is simply a player enjoying his holiday in the off-season. We can’t expect every single deal we want to pull off to be finalised within a week or 2 of the window opening.
Hopefully it does indeed get confirmed sooner rather than later. But any need to be concerned? Of course not.