FILIPE JOTA is thriving on his “special” days at Celtic.
Once again, the gifted Portuguese maverick sprinkled some of his magic on proceedings as he played his part in the Hoops’ Premiership crescendo with the 5-0 triumph over Aberdeen at a pulsating Parkhead.
Now he is looking forward to the Scottish Cup Final against Billy Dodds’ Championship outfit Inverness Caley Thistle in the Hampden showpiece on Saturday night.
AIR WE GO…Filipe Jota attempts an acrobatic effort that goes so close in Celtic’s 5-0 win over Aberdeen at the weekend.
Jota, who is back in the international thoughts of new Portugal head coach Roberto Martinez, lit up the stadium with his lively forays throughout his 90-plus minutes on the pitch.
The touchline trickster was directly involved in both of substitute Oh Hyeon-gyu’s goals. He set up the first – Celtic’s fourth – with a deft flick from the left which was powered past Kelle Roos by the head of the South Korean striker in the 62nd minute.
And in the fading moments, Jota thumped a cunning free-kick off the crossbar with Oh snapping up the ricochet.
GREEN, WHITE AND SILVER…Filipe Jota joins in the celebrations as Kyogo Furuhashi holds aloft the Premiership trophy.
Jota was all smiles afterwards as he told Celtic TV: “I’m very pleased. It was a day for our families, for the staff and for the fans and we did it.
“There was a lot of quality, it was a beautiful day and was all about celebrating with everyone.
“We knew it was going to be a big day, an important day for every Celtic fan, so we were just motivated to do that and deliver.
“We’re just happy that everything went our way. It’s so special.”