By Alex McLeish

27th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Jota transfer 'will be sorted' after Celtic news in last 24 hours - Scottish expert

Alex McLeish has insisted Jota does not need to worry about his future after playing coy over a potential permanent move to Celtic.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 22-year-old can put any speculation regarding a potential transfer “out of his mind”.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times (November 26th), the Benfica international insisted he is “very happy” at Parkhead but claimed he “doesn’t know” what parent club Benfica are thinking.

According to journalist Pedro Almeida (20 November), Celtic “will advance” with the permanent signing of Jota.

Celtic reportedly agreed an optional purchase fee of over £6million in the loan agreement.

McLeish insisted the youngster should put any transfer speculation to one side.

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“The thing about the form Jota is in right now is that it takes care of his future,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“He doesn’t have to worry about it. It will be sorted as long as he continues with the performance levels we’ve seen thus far this season.

“It will take care of itself. He can put it out of his mind and not dwell on it.

“As long as he maintains his good performances – the rest will follow.”

Jota has established himself as a firm Parkhead favourite since joining from Benfica this summer.

He has been a mainstay under manager Ange Postecoglou.

The winger netted in Thursday’s 3-2 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.

He now has seven goals and seven assists in his 16 appearances for Celtic.

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims Celtic hit by £38million hammer blow.