Jota makes Celtic title vow as new signing puts permanent deal talk on backburner

By Fraser Wilson

Jota insists his sights are firmly focused on winning the Premiership with Celtic this season.

The Benfica winger completed his loan switch to Parkhead on deadline day - as exclusively revealed by Record Sport - and the Hoops have an option to buy the 22-year-old at the end of the season.

But Jota says his future can wait until after the season has ended as he looks to add a Scottish title to the Primeira Liga championship he won with his parent club two years ago.

Ange Postecoglou swooped for the wide man as a potential replacement for Ryan Christie who moved to Bournemouth on deadline day.

Jota, who has made 23 top team appearances for Benfica and spent last season on loan at Real Valladolid, can play on either flank.

And he said: “Moving to Celtic is a big responsibility because of the size of the club.

“I want to be at the level they ask of me. It’s great to be here, there are plenty of good players and good coaches with refreshing ideas. Now I want to be on the pitch with the lads and do my thing.

“I’m here to help the team and the main achievement would be the title - I’m here to win that.

“Any coach or player at Celtic must be ready to win every game. They must be ready to win the title.

“Right now I think the most important thing is to play and to keep on learning and adapting to the Scottish game.

“I know the terms of my loan but I don’t want to think about that. I have to focus on my football, adapt to the game here and learn.

“Everything at the right time. First win games, title and then we speak about other things.

“Anything else will be discussed at the end of the season.”

Jota, a 2018 European U19 Championship winner with Portugal, has been added to the Hoops’ Europa League squad and could make his debut against Ross County at Parkhead on Saturday.

He looks to be out the picture at Benfica under Jorge Jesus but described Celtic as the “perfect” club to take the next step.

He added: “I spoke to my friends and family. I told them it’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to bring them to Scotland to watch the games and feel the same things that I will do.

"It's an easy decision to play for Celtic and when I knew about their interest I couldn't look to other things, I knew it was the right place to be.”


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