Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Celtic closing in on the signing of Benfica’s Jota

Celtic have enjoyed a lung-busting start to the new season but life under Ange Postecoglou came crashing back down to earth with a bang on Sunday.

The Hoops endured a dismal defeat in the Old Firm derby and they are now left chasing the pack again in the league.

What’s the word?

Postecoglou’s response to losing to the club’s biggest rivals last weekend is to strengthen the club’s attack.

Indeed, after failing to score versus Rangers, that decision does contain an element of sense.

Celtic have been trying to sign Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis but while that deal grows quieter, another becomes louder.

That’s because the Bhoys are on the verge of signing Benfica winger, Jota, on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Has Celtic's window been a success?

No way!

No way!

Of course!

Of course!

The news was reported by journalist Stephen McGowan who took to Twitter late on Sunday to note the following 12-word update on the transfer: “Celtic medical for Benfica winger Jota on Monday. Loan with buy option.”

Supporters buzzing

It’s rare a manager admits their mistakes but after Celtic slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox last weekend, that’s what Postecoglou did.

The Australian fielded Kyogo Furuhashi on the left with Odsonne Edouard through the middle. However, when the Frenchman missed a golden opportunity to score from just a matter of yards out in the first half, it looked like the wrong call.

That was backed up by the instant impact Kyogo had when he moved into the centre following Edouard’s withdrawal.

Speaking at full-time, the boss said he should have started the Japanese frontman through the middle from the off but admitted a lack of wide options with James Forrest out injured made his decision for him.

Therefore, by signing Jota this summer, it could allow Celtic to play Kyogo as the lone striker on a more regular basis.

He’s started his career in Glasgow with a bang, scoring seven goals in his first nine outings, including a wonderful hat-trick against Dundee. The Japan international has become an instant fan favourite so to see him in positions where he’ll score more goals will only delight the Parkhead faithful.

Though, the arrival of Jota has more positives than that. The 22-year-old is a wily and tricky character, cut from the same cloth as Israeli attacker Liel Abada.

1 of 12

Guess the shirt numbers from Celtic's famous 2002/03 UEFA Cup side. Let's start with Mohammed Sylla...

He only scored two goals on loan at Real Valladolid in La Liga last term but produced 0.9 dribbles per match from just seven starts. Given his limited amount of football, that’s a pretty handy total.

A left-footed player, he’d have the potential to offer a similar threat to the one Ryan Christie caused when he played on that flank against Dundee. The Scot caused havoc with his crossing from the wing and registered three assists.

Considering Jota’s lack of experience, he might not hit the ground running immediately, but if he gives Kyogo more of a license in attack, supporters will be delighted to see him pull on the famous green and white hoops.

AND in other news, Worse than Edouard: £4.5m-rated Celtic gem who lost 80% duels let Ange down massively…

Article title: Celtic closing in on the signing of Benfica’s Jota

Please leave feedback to help us improve the site: