CELTIC wished Filipe Jota good luck after the winger sealed his £25million move to cash-rich Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

The fans’ favourite arrived at the Hoops on an initial season-long loan switch from Benfica before it was made permanent in a £6.5million switch last summer.

The champions will realise a £12.5million profit on the 24-year-old Portuguese winger once the Lisbon giants get their 30 per cent of the sell-on, as CQN reported last week.

Jota hit the ground running in his Celtic career after spending the previous campaign at Real Valladolid on a temporary ransfer where he rarely figured in a season that saw the club relegated from the Spanish top flight.

SILVERWARE SMILES…Filipe Jota with the newly-won Scottish Cup at Hampden last month.

However, he got into his stride very quickly after he had become one of Ange Postecoglou’s first signings for the club in August 2021 when he arrived in the swathe of transfers as the Greek-Australian set up about his squad rebuild.

Ironically, the 57-year-old coach is now at Spurs as Jota heads for a new career on a three-year megabucks contract with Al-Ittihad.

In his time in Glasgow, Jota won two league titles as well as lifting a pair of medals in the League Cup and the Scottish Cup, where he scored his last goal for the team in the 3-1 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle on June 3.

The player and Postecoglou both waved farewell to the celebrating Celtic support at the same time at Hampden.

In a brief statement, the champions concluded with: “Everyone at Celtic Football Club wishes Jota success in his future career.”

The entertaining raider will now hook up with Real Madrid’s legendary striker Karim Benzema and former Chelsea midfielder in the Gulf State.


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