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Celtic: Jota let Ange Postecolgou down v Livingston

Celtic failed to capitalise on an opportunity to move top of the Premiership as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Livingston on Saturday.

The Hoops had the chance to overtake their Glasgow rivals at the summit ahead of their clash with Motherwell on Sunday, but instead they now sit one point behind the Gers – potentially four points by tomorrow afternoon.

Giorgos Giakoumakis could have sealed the win in injury time when he placed the ball down on the spot after Celtic were awarded a penalty. However, the Greek striker’s tame effort was easily saved and the Hoops had to share the points with Livingston.

Was Jota disappointing?

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Whilst the 26-year-old may take the flak for missing a penalty, with some criticism deserved as he fluffed his lines with a pivotal moment in the match , another player who let Ange Postecoglou down badly was Jota.

The Portuguese forward put in a frustrating performance with which the manager will surely be disappointed, potentially more so than with his starting number nine. Despite missing that penalty, Giakoumakis showed some good signs as he created one chance, won two of his four ground duels and only lost possession five times in the match.

Meanwhile, Jota struggled in almost every aspect of the game. Defensively, he was a lightweight for Celtic.

As per SofaScore, he lost six of his 10 ground duels and failed to make a single tackle, interception or block for his team. This suggests that he did not put in the hard work to win the ball back for the Hoops, whilst he was also too weak to win the majority of his individual battles.

On the ball, he was a disaster. As per SofaScore, he gave possession back to Livingston a whopping 25 times and created zero chances. He also failed to register a shot on goal, whilst failing with 10 of his 12 attempted crosses. This shows that he was nowhere near good enough with the ball at his feet, losing the ball 20 times more than Giakoumakis and not providing a single key pass, unlike the Greek international.

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Therefore, Jota was the one player who let Postecoglou down badly, despite Giakoumakis missing the decisive penalty in the game. Moments in matches are important, but the overall standard of a player’s performance should be taken into account and the Portuguese summer signing’s display was simply not good enough for a Celtic winger.

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