As expected, Portuguese winger Jota duly signed on the dotted line to become a Celtic player once he’d unpacked his bags and had a shower after his recent round the world trip.
Celtic fans love a player who takes other players on, and applaud him even when he fails and just picks himslef up and has another go. Jota, it seems, has fallen in love with Celtic, and you do have to admire someone who has been around a bit over the last few weeks and still decides to live in the rain.
The club speaks for itself,”
“The experience I had last year was amazing to it was an easy choice to make.
“I’m really happy to be standing here. I can’t wait to develop more and for the team to conquer more things.
“There wasn’t a single moment where I thought ‘I wanted to stay’. It was all in one. It was just natural during the weeks and months.
“I had some experiences in the past that were not so good. When I first came on loan, it was just another experience. So I never thought I’d definitely stay here because you cannot guess what’s in the future.
“But throughout the season I just thought ‘Okay, I’m feeling good, I feel at home, this is the right place to develop. So let’s do it.’
“I can promise that I will fight every day to honours the colours of the club. Every day I will fight to be a better person and a better player because I want to achieve a lot of things.
“Imagine for a footballer player to not develop? That’s not the right mentality. You must go to the training pitch every day like ‘Okay – today I will be better than yesterday.’
“This is my mentality. I know I can get better in many aspects of the game. I’m excited to see what I can achieve.”
Things are beginning to fall into place for that difficult second season, and there’s still room for a few surprises, as Twitters go to guy on European football, Moravcik 67, explains….
With the signings of Bernabei and Jota, here’s some tweets about where are with our European Squad for next season. Because of our automatic group place, we have until 2nd September to register our squad. So still plenty of time to add to what we have.
First up, how it all works. We can Register two squads of players with UEFA – List A and List B. List B is pretty straightforward. We can use if for any player born after 1/1/2001, who has been with us for 2 years since their 15th birthday. So it’s for the youngsters.
If a player can go on List B, he goes there. It frees up a space in the main squad. In the past we’ve been able to include guys like Edouard, Ajer, Welsh, Johnston, etc, on List B. But we don’t seem to have many 1st team ready youngsters who qualify this year.
List A is the main squad. We can register 25 players on it, but there are restrictions. It’s easier to look at it this way. There are 3 types of player that we can have in List A – club trained – association trained – Anyone who isn’t either club/association trained
Simplified definitions… For Celtic, a club trained player is one who was at Celtic for 3 years between ages 15-21 An association trained player is one who was at any other Scottish club for 3 of those years The rules are a bit more complicated, but that’s the jist of it.
Of the 25 player squad – 4 places are reserved purely for club trained players – 4 are reserved for any combination of club or association trained players – the other 17 can be filled by anyone, including either club or association trained players. Crap picture attached.
We lose any places reserved for club/association trained players that we can’t fill. So, for example, if we only had 2 club trained and 3 association trained players we could only register 22 players – as we’d be 3 club/association trained players short.
Just now we have the following Club trained (6) – Forrest, McGregor, Ralston, Welsh, Hazard and Johnston Association trained (4) – Bain, Turnbull, Taylor and McCarthy. So we have enough for the full 25 man squad. How much some of them would contribute is up for debate.
Barry Ferguson predicts FOUR Rangers transfer exits can land
£55m windfall in ominous ‘money talks’ warning
The former Ibrox captain reckons that if the club are forced to sell there could be huge money arriving at Ibrox.
When you have got him in the right of mind he is a top striker. I think if you ask any team in the Scottish league, or in Europe that Rangers played, they wouldn’t have wanted to face him.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Morelos signs, but you just see he is enjoying his football.
All the guys that are coming into the final year Gio will be wanting to sit them down and get a vibe off of them, if they want to commit or if they want to play their football elsewhere.
‘With Raphinha moving on, it’s always been an open secret that Leeds like Ryan Kent. That is one that I’m sure fans will be watching with interest. Also you have Joe Aribo, with Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. He is another I would like to stay, but money talks. Rangers have been open about it, if someone meets the valuation.
“I don’t think they will let them go cheap. Rangers bought Ryan for £7million and he is going into the final year, but Rangers have got to be looking for £10m for him and the same for Aribo in my opinion, and the same for Morelos.”
“He ( Cafu Bassey ) has everything you want in a modern day defender. His engine is frightening, and he’s just getting better and better. If I was able to give him a bit of advice, it would be to stay and keep playing week in week out.
“His chance will come if he wants to come and go to the English Premier League. This season you can’t let him go, unless something ridiculous comes in.
“You have got to be looking at Kieran Tierney money. £25million, you have got to be looking at that.”