CELTIC are poised to “move forward” in their quest to make £6.5million-rated Filipe Jota a permanent addition to Ange Postecoglou’s revamped squad.
The 22-year-old Benfica winger agreed a season-long loan deal with the Hoops when he arrived in August.
Jota has been an instant hit with the Parkhead fans and scored his fourth goal in the dramatic 3-2 Europa League Group G victory over Ferencvaros in Budapest on Thursday night.
BIG SHOT…Filipe Jota watches his shot as it prepares to flash past Ferencvaros keeper Adam Bogdan for Celtic’s second goal in the crucial 3-2 win in Budapest.
The supporters have been pushing for the club to get the exciting raider locked up on a long-term contract and reports from Portugal insist the Hoops are weighing up an option to buy in January, according to local media outlet A Bola.
An editorial in the newspaper states that Jota has “enchanted” the team who are considering “moving forward now” for the electrifying flanker.
CHEERS…Jota celebrates his wonder strike against the Hungarians.
The flamboyant forward is clarly happy in his new environment after spending the previous campaign at Real Vallodolid on a temporary transfer before returning to the Lisbon giants.
After the win in Hungary, Jota, in a report in CQN, admitted: “I just try to do my things and learn as much as I can with all my team-mates and the coach.
“So, things are getting better and better and I just want to keep on.”
Jota will almost certainly get the nod to start against Dundee at Dens Park tomorrow as Postecoglou’s men go in pursuit of three crucial Premiership points.