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Ange steers clear of big call on loan bhoy

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Ange Postecoglou has steered away from making a call on the future of Jota.

The winger arrived on a loan deal at the end of the summer transfer window and his hit the ground running.

Benfica inserted a right-to-buy clause believed to be £6m for the winger who failed to live up to expectations. Last season Jota was on loan at Real Valladolid where he started half of their fixtures as they finished second bottom resulting in relegation from La Liga.

There has been no hangover from that campaign, since joining Celtic the 22-year-old has been a picture of confidence delivering goals and assists as a new look team starts to gel.

Joining Celtic can be overwhelming for some players but for others, like Jota it can provide the platform to showcase ability and get his career back on track.

Asked about making the move permanent, Postecoglou told The Sun:

Jota is just starting his career but he’s already fallen in love with Celtic. He loves the environment here and the supporters. Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t want to play for a football club where you get 60,000 cheering you on? The crowd is special.

Let’s just let him enjoy it. Those kinds of decisions will come in due course. From our perspective, I know everyone here is the same, we’ll do what’s best for the football club moving forward, and that will be in line with the player’s wishes.

Celtic fans have instantly taken to Jota’s style of play with his assists celebrated as much as his goals.

Loan signings can pose lots of questions, six years after signing his first loan with Celtic there are still fans wanting to see Patrick Roberts return despite unremarkable subsequent loan spells at Girona, Norwich, Middlesbrough and Derby. Roberts is now on loan with French side Troyes.

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