Celtic tipped to seal Jota deal in 'great business' claim - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

13th May, 2022 | 7:57am

Jota expected to green light permanent Celtic move as talks confirmed - expert

Alex McLeish has tipped Jota to commit to a permanent Celtic move this summer after his “magnificent” loan spell.

The former Rangers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Celtic should “bite Benfica’s hand off” to get a deal done for the 23-year-old.

As quoted by Football Scotland (6 May), Ange Postecoglou confirmed Celtic are in discussions over a permanent deal but insisted “it’s never a simple process”.

Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias reported earlier this month (2 May) that Celtic have told Benfica they plan on triggering the £6.7million (€7.5million) purchase clause in Jota’s loan terms.

McLeish insisted that would be “great business” for the Bhoys.

He suggested Jota would be happy to continue his career at Parkhead for “a couple of years”.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Bite their hand off. Celtic should bite their hand off because he’s been magnificent.

“Even though I’m a Rangers fan, you just look for a player like that to get on the ball. You think he can do really good things with it. With his contribution and scoring, he looks like he is ready to go to an even higher level.

“That would be a great, great business. It seems as though he’s happy, he says the right thing in his television interviews. You would think he would want to stay at Celtic. Maybe produce that level of football for the next couple of years. Hopefully, Rangers and Aberdeen keep him quiet.

“At first you thought: ‘Ah, he is just a fancy Dan,’ as he did tricks and stepovers, things like that.

“But no, he’s got a hell of a lot in his locker. He’ll have gained confidence over the year after the season he’s had with Celtic.”

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