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Celtic: Frank McAvennie drops Jota permanent transfer claim

Celtic: Frank McAvennie drops Jota permanent transfer claim -Celtic News

Jota will complete a permanent summer move to Celtic when he returns from his summer holiday, former Hoops hero Frank McAvennie has claimed.

The Lowdown: Jota sparkles at Celtic

The Portuguese forward joined Celtic on loan from Benfica last summer, as Ange Postecoglou guaranteed him more regular playing time than at his parent club.

Jota excelled throughout the 2021/22 campaign, helping the Hoops to win the Premiership and Scottish League Cup, scoring 13 goals and registering 14 assists overall.

The hope is that the 23-year-old joins permanently in the coming weeks, and with Celtic reportedly in talks with the player over personal terms for an outright transfer, there is a strong chance of a deal being struck.

The Latest: McAvennie confident of Jota deal

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie claimed that the transfer will hopefully be completed once Jota is back for pre-season.

The 62-year-old stated:

“There is a lot of speculation about Jota. If you look on social media the boy is all over the place, he’s away on holiday.

“I’m just hoping he has said he will sign it when he comes back. I think that is what it will come down to. I really want him to sign because he really is a talent.

“Hopefully he is just away and he has told Ange he will sign when he comes back.”

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou celebrates

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The Verdict: Brilliant summer addition

Much like Cameron Carter-Vickers, another 2021/22 loanee who has now signed for Celtic permanently, bringing in Jota for good this summer could feel more significant than any other new signing, given his influence last season.

He brought so much quality and end product from wide areas, with no other Hoops player matching his tally of 27 goal contributions; and given his tender years, he is someone who could become a hero at Parkhead for many years to come.

Will Postecoglou sign a new deal?

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Signing players of Jota’s quality will be vital to Celtic’s hopes of dominating the domestic scene over the next few years, not to mention trying to make their mark in their return to the Champions League.

In other news, Celtic are believed to be eyeing up a move for one player. Find out who it is here.


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