By Alan Hutton

26th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Hutton dismisses Celtic signing Jota in January after star's transfer confession

Alan Hutton has suggested Jota will make Celtic wait until the end of season before signing a permanent deal at Parkhead.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old would want to keep his options open in case of interest from elsewhere.

As quoted by BBC Sport (22nd November), Jota claimed he is not thinking about his future after joining Celtic on loan from Benfica this summer.

Sky Sports report the Bhoys have the option to turn his temporary stay permanent for just over £6million.

Hutton suggested Celtic may want to trigger the purchase clause in January.

However, he tipped Jota to refrain from signing anything until the end of the season.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “What’s the fee, £6-6.5million, if they want to make it permanent?

“It’s a number Celtic can afford and I think they’d want to tie him down if they can.

“Will he want to wait until the end of the season and keep his options open? I would have thought so. He’ll want all the cards.

“He’ll want them all and then make a decision. So I think that’s probably what will happen.

“If he can continue this form up until the end of the season, obviously Celtic will be desperate to keep him.

“Then he will obviously have options, so it will be up to the player then.”

Jota has enjoyed a bright start to his Celtic career, with six goals and six assists in 15 appearances.

He has played a total of 34 times for parent club Benfica, although his last runout was in August 2020.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has claimed Celtic have major boardroom issues after CEO development.