By Paul Robinson

10th Dec, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit fears Rangers could run away with title after Celtic hit by 'massive blow' to Jota

Paul Robinson fears Filipe Jota’s injury could prove decisive for Celtic in the title race.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Leeds United goalkeeper said the news is “a massive blow” ahead of a busy festive schedule.

As quoted by the Daily Record (5 December), Ange Postecoglou confirmed Jota will be out for “a few weeks” after he sustained a hamstring injury in the win against Hearts last week.

Jota is set to miss the League Cup final against Hibernian on 19 December and be absent for the next Old Firm derby on 2 January.

Robinson claimed the winger will leave “a big hole” in Celtic’s side.

“It’s a massive blow to their title hopes,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has been their best player this season, without a doubt. When you take him out of the equation, they are not the same team. There is going to be a big hole there.

“Celtic are there or thereabouts but a couple of losses in December and the gap could start to look really big.

“He may be returning from injury in late December but you have to take into account the time it will take him to get back up to full fitness. That may be take it to some time in early January.”

Jota moved to Parkhead on loan from Benfica in the summer.

He has contributed eight goals and six assists in 18 appearances across all competitions this season.

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