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The Deal We Wanted Most Is Done! Celtic Complete The Signing Of Jota.

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Deep breath folks … in and out, in and out.

The saga of the summer is over.

At last.

More than a fortnight after the window opened, the worst kept secret in football in Scotland is out. We have completed the signing of Jota, to make this one of the best openings to a transfer window that any of us can remember.

Jota was absolutely exceptional last season, and it is thrilling to be able to write that we have completed the deal to make him a Celtic player.

The cost to the club of doing this business is huge; a £6.4 million fee with God alone knows which add-ons.

The player obviously loved it at Parkhead last season, and he became a fan favourite almost at once.

There was a spell in December-January where we seemed to go a little off the boil, but he rallied to finish the season strong and looked every inch the player we had all fallen in love with in the early part of the campaign.

I think most fans have been sitting wearing down the Refresh button waiting on this being done. The player took a well-earned holiday, and both parties were happy with that as they both knew that the deal was as good as done.

Just the other day he dropped in on his former club to say goodbye to his friends there.

There was never much doubt that this was going to happen, although there was a little late drama when he didn’t sign before pre-season training got underwat. For all that, I never really thought this one would slip away.

The summer spending is now in excess of what we spent last season.

The deals for Carter Vickers and Jota have cost £12 million their own. We’ve spent further money on Maeda and we just signed the Lanus left-back Bernabei for big bucks … by the time this window shuts we might have spent near enough £20 million on this squad.

That is real backing for the boss … and a credit to everyone at Celtic Park who has made it happen.

For all I’m sometimes accused of being down on the board, when they do the business they get the credit they deserve, and congratulations are due to them for making this kind of money available to Ange as he puts the finishing touches to phase one of his Celtic revolution.

Ladies and gents, this is the one we’ve waited for. Enjoy the moment.

There is a lot more to come on this story.

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14 comments

  • Seppington says:

    Yaas! Finally. My only disappointment is that he’s not promoting the new home kit at the same time!

    I cannot wait for the new season to get underway and to see what Angeball has evolved into over the summer…

  • Johnny Green says:

    All’s well that ends well, Happy Days.

  • Martin says:

    Good window so far. We’re one hard CDM away (in my view) from being in a really strong position for the coming season. And with a full preseason and no crap qualifiers for the team…can’t wait.

  • Roonsa says:

    I told yez ye were all pissing your pants over nothing. The deal was always in the bag, man. What were you all worried about? I mean, it’s not as if we’ve been let down in the past, is it?

    Welcome to Celtic (again) Mr Jota!

  • cheezydee says:

    What you going to complain about the board now? Depending what’s happens with Julien, I’d say our team is good to go. Think everyone would prefer a new CDM and quality CB, but anything more than that like a winger & striker would just be icing on the cake.

    Ideguchi looks to be the man brought in for CDM along with McCarthy to replace McGregor if he pushes forward. Would personally like another winger and a top promising young striker that doesn’t mind kyogo and GG in front of him but is good enough to fill in given injury issues in our attacking line

    • Johnny Green says:

      We already have that young striker, Johnny Kenny.

      • Martin H. says:

        They’ve got the marching season, we’re marching on, great signings, all we wished for, and more.

      • cheezydee says:

        Would you put the trust in him if kyogo and GG were out? I’m thinking along the lines of an eddy who was fine waiting around a year but was obviously top player

        • Johnny Green says:

          Probably not, because Maeda would step in under those circumstances. However we bought JK for a reason and he should get his chance when possible.

  • Peterbrady says:

    HAIL! HAIL! Glasgow’s green and white in Ange we trust c,Mon the hoops

  • Peterbrady says:

    The bigotfest is cancelled tomorrow all the zombies are spewing in there filth HAIL! HAIL!.

  • king murdy says:

    BRILLIANT STUFF !!!!

    i think a quality central defender and midfielder are also a must…then we will be ready for challenges ahead….in my humble opinion.
    and yea james…fair play to the board for backing ange…
    cannot wait for start of season…
    hail hail

  • SSMPM says:

    Well done to all at the club that made these signings happen, no more having to listen to the negative speculation, the moaners, blame shifters and flappers.
    We are though arguably only a few steps forward from last season, from status quo. The number of Celtic supporters that identify the need for a big strong CB and solid DCM can’t surely be different from what those at the club can see too. Injuries in the CB area could easily happen and we need better cover than we have currently. Something which if filled I believe will push us ahead and away from the scum on the run across the city.
    The whingeing is already starting to leak from behind the shield of best team in Europe and they are now starting to voice fears of a summer of discontent.

  • Bigchunkylardass says:

    Its so brilliant ti see the board finally getting their act together, and indeed credit where its due.
    But, yi know, Brendan Rogers must be looking on an be absolutely gutted how well Ange is being backed compared to him….

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