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Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts as Hoops move to secure Jota deal

Celtic: Frank McAvennie reacts as Hoops move to secure Jota deal -Celtic News

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has urged the Hoops to complete the permanent capture of Portuguese forward Jota. 

The lowdown: Superb addition

The 23-year-old has been a revelation since arriving at Celtic Park on loan from Primeira Liga outfit Benfica for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign.

Jota provided 27 direct goal contributions in 40 appearances for the Hoops, netting seven goals in the Scottish Premiership en route to Ange Postecoglou’s side lifting the title.

Following a report claiming that the club are now nearing the completion of a permanent move believed to be upwards of £6million (Sky Sports), one interested onlooker has had his say on the forward’s impact.

The latest: ‘One hell of a talent’

Speaking to Football Insider about that update from Sky, McAvennie hailed the 18-cap Portugal Under 21 star and the role he could play next term in Glasgow should the deal be completed in a timely fashion.

The 62-year-old said: “I’ve seen Jota more than most and sometimes he wasn’t up to scratch. When the team is flowing, he was the catalyst, different class. The fans still love him, everyone wants a picture.

“He is one hell of a talent and if he joins now, which I hope he does, he will be super fit next season. That’s what Ange is all about. He will have those guys ready to give everything for 90 minutes and be fine afterwards.

“He didn’t have the pre-season to do that last year. A lot of players arrived late. So let’s get the Jota deal done and give him a full pre-season. I think that will allow him to go on and do phenomenal things with Celtic. To hear he is close to joining is great but let’s have it all confirmed.”

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The verdict: Spot on

Boasting an outstanding 7.56 Sofascore rating comprising of 2.6 shots per game, 1.7 successful dribbles and 4.4 duels won on average per game, capturing the versatile ace on a permanent basis would be a superb coup for the Bhoys.

Currently holding a rising market value of £4.95million (Transfermarkt), the mooted option to buy clause would be a bargain with plenty of room for development and the potential to generate a major profit for the Hoops’ hierarchy in the future.

Coupled with the ongoing deal to bring fellow loan star Cameron Carter-Vickers to Paradise from Tottenham, Postecoglou will have made the perfect start to the summer transfer window.

In other news, Celtic have been linked with another midfield signing. Find out who it is here.

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