FILIPE JOTA is thriving at Celtic after joining the Ange Posetcoglou summer revamp when a dozen new players were added to a squad in transition.
As the 22-year-old Benfica winger arrived on a season-long loan alongside new Bhoys such as Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada, Joe Hart, Josip Juranovic and Carl Starfelt, players such as long-term skipper Scott Brown, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham were departing the club.
In such circumstances, setbacks can be anticipated, but it is evident the team is coming together and ideas are coming into practice under the guidance of the Greek-Australian.
POSTECOGLOU IN PARADISE…the Celtic boss celebrates after the win over Ferencvaros.
Jota has claimed three goals in recent games, including the winner against Aberdeen at Pittodrie before the international break that handed the Hoops their first away domestic success since beating St Johnstone 2-1 on February 14.
The Portuguese flyer is now making AND taking goals, but he hasn’t lost sight of what is expected under manager Postecoglou.
Jota, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “The team winning is the most important thing. The feeling is really good when that happens. If I can contribute with assists or goals, it’s really good. I’m happy to see team-mates score.
“Big things and big achievements need some constructions. There are rough times, there are good times, but we just need to believe. That’s the most important thing.
ON THE CREST OF A WAVE…Filipe Jota is playing his part in the Hoops revamp.
“We are all starting to believe in the ideas and to try and get through the difficulties and, yes, I think the time in the future will tell us what we have been preparing and, hopefully, some good things are going to happen.
“That’s something very important because we are all new. We didn’t know each other and it’s crucial we learn throughout the games. Like a family, we need to stick together and keep doing our thing.
“The manager wanted improvements. Not just from me. The gaffer wants the best from everyone. We are definitely listening to him and the things he has to teach us.
“The process has been good and we just want to do the best possible.”