By Alan Hutton

22nd Jun, 2022 | 10:30am

Celtic deal for Jota may be held up for two reasons - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested personal terms and player preference have prevented Celtic from signing Jota permanently yet.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Scotland international encouraged the Hoops to complete the signing of the “standout player.”

According to Portuguese outlet Record (20 June), a permanent deal for Jota, 23, is nearing completion for a fee worth £6.5million.

The forward joined Celtic on loan from Benfica last summer, a deal which included an option to buy for the Scottish side.

The Hoops have already made two signings this summer.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist have put pen to paper on a four-year deals at Parkhead.

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However, Hutton believes the signature Celtic need this summer is Jota’s.

“I think it’s very important,” he told Football Insider.

“He was a standout player last year.

“I think the fee has already been agreed at about £6.5million and it was just kind of down to personal terms and if the player wanted to actually sign.

“But I think he’s come to Parkhead, he’s seen how passionate the supporters are and he’ll want to play in front of that.

“He’s done really well, his figures, his assists his goal scoring and now he’ll want to kick on.

“With Celtic in the Champions League, there’s not better place for him to show his worth.

“So even though he’s taken his time and probably thought everything through and seen what options he had, I think he will find out that Celtic is probably a really good move for him.

In other news, Alexandro Bernabei has agreed to join Celtic after a bid was accepted.