By Alan Hutton

12th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Celtic tipped to seal near-£7m January deal after Jota reveal - pundit

Celtic completing the £6.5million signing of Jota would represent “value for money” if he can maintain his good form, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Hoops will consider the 22-year-old’s progress in January before pulling the trigger on the transfer.

On deadline day in August, Jota signed for Celtic in a season-long loan move from Portuguese giants Benfica, who included a £6.5million option to buy in the deal.

Manager Ange Postecoglou, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland and quoted by the Daily Record (November 7th), said the Hoops would be “more than happy to keep” the winger at Parkhead.

The Australian boss insisted Jota is “loving life” at Celtic and praised the youngster for “doing really well”.

Hutton insisted the Parkhead side must “be careful” not to be swept up in the hype surrounding the 22-year-old.

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“If he can maintain this standard of performances, then that £6.5million would represent value for money,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I’ve read a lot of people just saying ‘get him signed up now’, but I think you just always have to be careful.

“£6.5million for a team in Scotland is a lot of money, and you don’t want to go maybe a bit early and then realise that he’s tailing off towards the end of the season.

“The best thing to do would be to wait until January, monitor the situation and see if he is still progressing and performing.

“If he is doing that – then it’s a no brainer. I’m very sure Celtic will be happy with his displays and just hoping he can continue to produce – and if he does, they’ll sign him up.”

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