What Jota has told friends and family after Celtic move

By David Walton

September 8, 2021

Jota has revealed to the Celtic support what he’s told his family and friends about moving to Parkhead.

The Portuguese U21 international is in Scotland on a season-long loan agreement from Benfica. The move comes with an option to buy, something that’s left supporters delighted.

The tricky winger arrives in Scotland with a promising reputation. Big things will be expected over the course of the campaign, even if an adaption period will be necessary in order for the attacker to settle into life in Scotland.

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And as quoted by the National, Jota has explained to fans what he’s told his family and friends since moving to Glasgow.

“I spoke to my friends and family. I told them it’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to bring them to Scotland to watch the games and feel the same things that I will do.

“I will be ready whenever the coach says so. I just want to play as soon as possible but not look too far ahead. Everything will work out. My experiences in the Champions League and Europa League with Benfica will help, for sure. 

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“But things will be different at Celtic, we will play another type of game and I need to adapt as quickly as I can and work hard with the guys, win as much as we can.”

Celtic need impact from all new signings; Jota included

Everyone brought to the club on deadline day has been acquired in order to make a big impact this season. All three of them are also filling important gaps in the squad.

Jota, for example, is taking the place of Mohamed Elyounoussi, who went back to Southampton after his own loan spell ended in the summer. Cameron Carter-Vickers, meanwhile, is taking Kristoffer Ajer’s spot after his exit to Brentford. Then there’s Giorgos Giakoumakis who must replace the goals taken by Odsonne Edouard’s move to Crystal Palace.

All have majorly important roles in Ange Postecoglou’s squad this season. Whether that means they’ll make an immediate impact remains to be seen. However, over the course of the campaign? We’re expecting big contributions.

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Jota especially. He’s now automatically the first-choice left-winger at the club. When you rack up 34 appearances for Benfica and come having previously been the joint top scorer at the U19 Euros, you come with expectation attached to you.

Postecoglou will say that this isn’t about replacing players. That Jota isn’t going to overtake Mikey Johnston in the pecking order for example. But the reality will be different. The Portuguese will bank a spot in the side as soon as he’s fit, and it’ll be his to keep unless his form dips.

Jota certainly sounds ready to make a career for himself at Parkhead. Now, it’s time to see what he’s all about.

In other news, Sky reporter: Celtic man Giakoumakis would’ve cost £8.6m had VVV-Venlo stayed up

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