FILIPE JOTA and Sead Haksabanovic aim to provide the entertainment factor as Celtic prepare for the Premiership restart against Aberdeen at Pittodrie a week on Saturday.
The Portuguese fans’ favourite illuminated Scottish football when he arrived on loan from Benfica last summer and Ange Postecoglou didn’t hesitate in sealing a permanent £6.5million deal with the Lisbon giants in July.
The Montenegro international arrived a month later when cash-strapped Rubin Kazan accepted a cut-price £1.7million for their touchline flyer.
CHEERS…Filipe Jota races towards the Celtic fans after scoring against Livingston.
CHEEKY…Sead Haksabanovic celebrates after netting against Dundee United.
Haksabanovic has hit the ground running since the move and is eager to match his skills against those of Jota.
The Sweden-born raider scored his first goals for the Hoops with a double in the 4-2 win over Dundee United at Parkhead on November 5 and followed that up with the winner against Ross County in the east end of Glasgow before the programme was interrupted by the World Cup Finals in Qatar.
Haksabanovic is ready to resume the friendly rivalry with Jota and, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I don’t know who has the more tricks – or maybe I don’t know who I should say.
“Maybe we could call it a draw!
“It’s good fun in training. I don’t know if the defenders like playing against us. You’d need to ask them.”
Both players are the same age at 23 and Celtic fans will be hoping they both have spectacular careers at the champions.