FILIPE JOTA insists it is “a privilege” to be part of this Celtic team as they continue clocking up the wins.

The Portuguese flyer played his part in the 4-1 victory over St Johnstone in Perth yesterday by laying on the second and third goals for Kyogo Furuhashi and Aaron Mooy respectively and he was denied by the woodwork from claiming a spectacular strike shortly after the turnaround.

The flamboyant ace let fly from outside the box with an effort that completely bamboozled keeper Remy Matthews, but clipped the top of the crossbar as it ricocheted to safety.

FOR MY NEXT TRICK…Filipe Jota flummoxes St Johnstone defender James Brown.

It would have been a contender for Goal of the Season had it been a few inches lower, but the near-miss didn’t spoil Jota’s day as the champions maintained their nine-point advantage at the Premiership pinnacle while they zero in on a second successive crown.

The 23-year-old former Benfica touchline terror looked back to his tantalising best on the dodgy surface at McDiarmid Park and he said: “It’s definitely a good time for me, but I think that happens because the team is supporting me and helping me.

“So, a shout-out to them because it’s been a privilege to be in the dressing room with such amazing team-mates and football players.

“I just want to continue to develop and enjoy – and I’m really happy.”

FOUR-MIDABLE CELTS…Filipe Jota, Aaron Mooy, Greg Taylor and David Turnbull following the 4-1 win in Perth.

Reflecting on the latest victory, Jota, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “There are different situations and you just need to acknowledge what’s the best decision on the pitch.

“Sometimes you need to do different stuff to break through their defence, and we just tried to do that.

“That’s something we try to work on every day. We don’t think long-term, we think in the present and we just want to be better.

“We know there’s still plenty of room to develop and we can’t wait for the future to be better and just to being the results to our fans.”

Music to the ears of Celtic supporters everywhere.


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