Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has urged Celtic to sign winger Jota on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Jota shines for Celtic
The 23-year-old completed a loan move to Parkhead from Benfica last summer, as he looked to earn regular playing time away from his parent club.
The hope is that the Hoops now sign the Portuguese permanently – something they are working on currently, with Sky Sports reporting a negotiation over the level of sell-on clause the deal will have.
The Latest: McLeish makes fresh plea
“I think give them it (the sell-on clause). I think it’s a no brainer. He has been outstanding for them and very instrumental in them winning that league.
“Why not do a deal? It’s a kind of safe way to get him to sign on the dotted line. I would say definitely Celtic should do some kind of deal.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for Hoops
The thought of Celtic losing Jota after such an impressive season is worrying, with his trickery and end product from out wide proving to be a key attacking weapon.
He certainly appears to be happy at Parkhead, meaning the move seems set to happen, but the Hoops need to act quickly to ensure he isn’t snapped up by someone else.
Signing Jota in the coming weeks would arguably feel more significant than any new summer arrival, given the impact he has made in his short time in Scotland.
In other news, Celtic are reportedly ‘keeping tabs’ on one player. Find out who it is here.
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