Date: 1st January 2017 at 7:00pm
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Mark Warburton’s 2017 has opened with the same misery that 2016 ended with.

Celtic’s 2-1 win at Ibrox was another blow to the magic hat as his side fell 19 points behind the champions elect and just two ahead of Aberdeen who have a game in hand.

While Celtic and Aberdeen head out to Dubai to enjoy a week in the sun Warbo will be trying to convince himself that a couple of days in frozen Leipzig is the best way to prepare for the second part of the season.

Over the last month Warbo, who used to work as a city trader, has kept the gullibles amused with details of a teasing January signing to solve all of the club’s problems.

A foreign midfield playmaker with an eye for goals was on the identity-kit handed out, as a bonus he’d be coming in on loan for the glory of playing alongside Andy Halliday and Jason Holt!

On loan Brentford misfit Jota was identified as that player with La Liga outfit Eibar returning him to London after a failed spell in Spain.

Alas that deal seems to be going the same way as John Eustace and Joleon Lescott with Jota committing himself to Brentford.

Looking forward to Jota’s return Brentford boss Dean Smith told Getwestlondon: “We know the supporters love him and there’s a mutual affection there. I spoke to him three or four weeks ago and he’s looking forward to it.

“We’re waiting for his GPS stats to come back from Eibar. We’re excited to have him back from his first spell with us.”

With Jota turning down the chance to work with Warbo it’s expected that the former city trader will increase his efforts to convince former Everton star Leon Osman to come out of retirement.

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