ANGE POSTECOGLOU saw a transfer mission accomplished when Filipe Jota signed a £6.5milllion five-year deal from Benfica.
The 23-year-old Portuguese winger joined the champions three weeks after his fellow-loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers agreed a £6million move from Spurs.
There is little doubt Postecoglou views both players as key to what he is attempting to achieve at Parkhead as CQN reported back in March when the Greek-Australian gaffer, 56, admitted: “I love having them as part of this football club”.
IT TAKES TWO…Filipe Jota followed Cameron Carter-Vickers in agreeing a permanent deal at Celtic.
And the boss saw the Hoops hierarchy deliver both players as he prepares for the challenges that are ahead at home and abroad.
Postecoglou, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “With Cameron and Jota they had such fantastic years last year.
“They’re great footballers with a lot of potential to improve, but also great people and that’s what we want to build our football club around.
“We are very happy that we’ve got them in permanently and I know that they are as well. They want to be part of this and what we’re creating and it’s great to have them involved.”
Jota will fly out with his colleagues on Monday for the squad’s 10-day training camp in Austria before the team’s first game at Parkhead in the friendly against Blackburn Rovers a fortnight today.
They are expected to be joined by their international team-mates who were given time-off at the start of the week when pre-season training restarted at Lennoxtown.