Jota set to leave Saudi one year after £25m Celtic move

Jota looks set to leave Saudi Arabia this summer less than a year after his £25m move from Celtic. The Portuguese winger left, just days after Ange Postecoglou left for Spurs, to join Al Ittihad in a lucrative deal.

However, reports from Saudi (via Record Sport) indicate that the 25-year-old will push for a move after a fairly dismal time of it in Jeddah.

Celtic could potentially mount a bid to sign Jota; however, the report says that it will likely be a loan deal to join Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq.

The player is in no-man’s land given the large financial package associated with his signing. He left Celtic for a lucrative proposal but no one will be able or willing to match those wages in Europe. Celtic could be a route back to football but it seems far fetched. Brendan Rodgers has already said that he wants the club to bring in quality and Jota would certainly be in that category.

In 83 appearances for Celtic, Jota has scored 28 goals and assisted 26 times. The Celtic supporters adore the Portuguese star and if there was a chance at a return then we’d happily welcome this.


  1. Always felt it was a poor decision from Jota as a career move in footballing terms, especially when he had so much to offer imo?
    Might get great satisfaction in looking at his bank statements nowadays, but chances of him ever getting what he received at our club, possibly remains very slim for him now imo?
    Once players leave ourselves for big money moves then they automatically grow out of our price and wage bracket?
    Even if a potential loan deal back to ourselves was in the offering?
    Wouldn’t say such a potential deal would be in our best interests either, simply because we should be wanting players to be part of the bigger picture for the club, than just for a player looking to kick-start a career that’s went to shite because money was a bigger factor in the decision taken by Jota imo?

  2. His decision was a money decision,not a football one.
    Very unfortunate for him,I am sure if he stayed another season with us he would have been signed by one of the top European teams

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