According to Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou, as per Glasgow Live, it remains to be seen if the 23-year-old will be fit to feature against Bundesliga side RB Leipzig later today, with the winger having reportedly missed training on Monday ahead of that crucial group stage encounter.
The 57-year-old said of his key asset: “It’s not unusual for someone to be sore the day before a game when we have such a quick turnaround in games.
“But it is just a matter of whether or not he’s right. If he’s right, we will play him, but if not, he will miss out.”
The fleet-footed forward had been substituted at half-time in the recent victory over St Johnstone at the weekend, albeit with that withdrawal having seemingly been a planned one in order to hand the player a rest ahead of this hectic run of fixtures.
Although there is still hope of the creative gem – who signed on a permanent deal in Glasgow over the summer – featuring against Marco Rose’s side, Postecoglou will no doubt be worried at the thought of potentially losing another vital individual to injury.
The Scottish champions have already been dealt a blow by the absence of skipper Callum McGregor following his recent knee issue – which is set to keep him out until after the World Cup – with centre-back colossus Carl Starfelt also having been sidelined of late.
The loss of Jota would potentially be an even greater headache, however, as far as the Bhoys are concerned, with the £6.75m-rated sensation having been a hugely reliable figure in the club’s attack of late, scoring the only goal in last week’s defeat in Saxony.
The £18.5k-per-week menace already has five goals and five assists to his name so far this term in just 12 games in all competitions, with that haul of ten goal contributions the highest among the Celtic squad this season.
The former Benfica man has continued the eye-catching form that he had showcased while on loan with the Old Firm outfit last term, having scored 13 goals and provided 14 assists in what was a real standout debut campaign.
A player currently enjoying a “remarkable season” – in the words of pundit Alex McLeish – it will be of real concern if Jota is set to be restricted to a watching brief this evening.