Video: Jota nowhere to be seen in Al-Ittihad training clip

Jota’s nightmare start to life in the Middle East with Al-Ittihad seems to be going from bad to worse. At first glance it appeared a backward step for the players career, despite the obscene amounts of money being offered by the Saudi Pro League side. Now it looks like for sure a bad move from the Portuguese winger after he’s been excluded from training.

 Jota of Celtic celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park Stadium on September 03, 2022. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s thought that the club don’t view the former Celtic man as a big enough name and that lack of star pull has caused them to reassess their squad, with no more room for foreign signings at present. Jota is too good a player to be left rotting on the sidelines and it’s such a shame he’s been pulled by the purely financial package on offer when he could be developed more at Celtic Park.

With this latest clip appearing to show that the Benfica academy graduate has indeed been axed by manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, many will harbour hopes that a return to European football with the Hoops could be an option in the January transfer window. Although the potential structure of any deal might prove to be a considerable stumbling block should an approach be made to him.

Then again, it’s better than this…

Paul Gillespie

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