“Jota singing Last Christmas”, “I gotta have faith,” Celtic support on our George Michael lookalike

“Think Jota going be some player this season
‘Cause I gotta have faith
I gotta’ have faith
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith
I got to have faith, faith, faith baby”


Celtic’s new Bhoy, Jota spoke to the both the mainstream media and the Celtic Fan Media yesterday. We had hoped to bring you another fan media appearance from another one of Celtic’s new signings, Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, but that has now been postponed and should be happening over the next few days.

Jota told us yesterday that he’s good to go on Saturday and hopes to make his debut against Ross County. Dipping into what went on at the mainstream media conference, were the questions aren’t limited to one per journalist, here are the best bits of what the new Celtic left winger on loan from Benfica had to say.

JOTA ON JOINING CELTIC AND WINNING THE LEAGUE…

“Moving to Celtic is a big responsibility because of the size of the club. I want to be at the level they ask of me. It’s great to be here, there are plenty of good players and good coaches with refreshing ideas. Now I want to be on the pitch with the lads and do my thing.

“I’m here to help the team and the main achievement would be the title – I’m here to win that. Any coach or player at Celtic must be ready to win every game. They must be ready to win the title.

JOTA ON CELTIC’S OPTION TO BUY…

“Right now I think the most important thing is to play and to keep on learning and adapting to the Scottish game. I know the terms of my loan but I don’t want to think about that. I have to focus on my football, adapt to the game here and learn.

“Everything at the right time. First win games, title and then we speak about other things. Anything else will be discussed at the end of the season.”

JOTA ON AMAZING ATMOSPHERE AND CRAZY ENVIRONMENT…

“I spoke to my friends and family. I told them it’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to bring them to Scotland to watch the games and feel the same things that I will do. It’s an easy decision to play for Celtic and when I knew about their interest I couldn’t look to other things, I knew it was the right place to be.

“I’ve never been at Celtic Park watching a game, but from what I’ve seen in videos and from what people have told me, it’s an amazing atmosphere and it’s a crazy environment, so I just can’t wait to be here and to be present, and to play to my maximum.

“I’m very excited to be here and I can’t wait to start playing and fighting for this club which is a massive club and I’m looking forward to winning titles, and to meeting the guys, because I haven’t met them all because of the internationals. The training has been good and I just can’t wait for the first game.”

JOTA ON AN AMAZING CLUB WITH NEW IDEAS…

“I think the club speaks for itself, because of the historical things that Celtic have done in the past, it’s amazing, it’s unbelievable. It’s an amazing club with new ideas, fresh ideas and the type of football they practice, it’s very good and I think it suits me.

“So I just want to give the maximum I can give – help the coach, help the club, help my team-mates to achieve everything we want.”

JOTA ON HIS CELTIC SCARF…

“I’ve always paid attention to Celtic. When I was younger and I was with Benfica and Celtic were playing them in the Champions League. I remember that I went to the stadium and I changed scarves with a Celtic fan.

“I think I still have it at home in Portugal. So since that day I’ve always remembered that club – Celtic. And then I paid attention because there were a lot of young players breaking though and I know a lot of players that have been playing for Celtic. It’s a historical club, so I’ve been paying attention.

“It was at the end of the game when we were returning home and I saw a few Celtic fans, and they asked if we wanted to switch scarves. I gave him my scarf and he gave me his, so it was a nice gesture. My mum is here in Scotland with me and she says she thinks she still has it – I will try to bring it!”

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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