Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed neither Jota nor Cameron Carter-Vickers would ditch the ‘perfect fit’ at Celtic for a Premier League club after some Champions League news broke during the week.
The lowdown: Big impact
Signed until the end of the 2021/22 season from Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, Jota and Carter-Vickers have both been superb for the Hoops as Ange Postecoglou’s side head towards regaining the Scottish Premiership title.
The Portuguese forward has directly contributed to 24 goals across all competitions whilst powerful USA international defender Carter-Vickers has played a hand in 16 clean sheets in 30 league outings.
As the summer transfer window fast approaches, the future of both loan stars remains up in the air, but one former top-flight frontman believes a permanent move to Glasgow is the best option after some news broke in the week…
The latest: ‘Great news’
ESPN editor Dale Johnson shared news this week that the winner of the Scottish Premiership will go direct into the group stage of the Champions League.
Speaking to Football Insider about that update, talkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor has claimed that very few Premier League outfits with European football to offer would consider the duo, calling the update a ‘big thing’ and ‘great news’.
“Oh, Champions League football makes you very attractive. You get the money in and you know you’re going to attract better players. It’s great news for Celtic.
“I think they’ll be able to keep Carter-Vickers and Jota. They will be able to offer the players Champions League football. That’s a big thing for players.
“For me, I don’t think they are better than Celtic. I don’t think Jota plays in the Premier League, he’s not a top-ten Premier League player. I don’t think Carter-Vickers is either.
“If Jota looked elsewhere I don’t think he gets into a top-ten Premier League club.
“Celtic is the perfect fit for him. He’s going to get Champions League football so it’s a no brainer to stay there.”
The verdict: Blasphemy
At 23 and 24, both Jota and Cater-Vickers have bright futures ahead of them and if this season is anything to go by, the sky would appear to be the limit for the exciting pair.
Whilst making a successful move from the Scottish top flight to the English first tier isn’t a necessarily well-trodden path since the inception of the Premier League, the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson have certainly made the grade both north and south of the border.
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With 73 Portugal youth caps already under his belt, Jota is a particularly tantalising prospect and the Parkhead hierarchy will almost certainly be fending off major interest for the winger in the not too distant future.
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