Messi Pips Jota To Ballon d’Or | Appeal Pending

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Messi Pips Jota To Ballon d’Or | Appeal Pending

Lionel Messi picked up a record 7th Ballon d’Or at a glitzy ceremony in Paris this week – once again pipping a famous Portuguese to the title – but the “World’s Best Player” can count himself lucky that Jota only made the move to Celtic late in this summer’s transfer window, else things might have been very different!

We’re at it here of course (mostly!) but there’s no doubting the talent the young Portuguese winger has and on the future he may go on to have in the game.

Whether that’s at Celtic or elsewhere remains to be seen but his importance to the team at this moment in time is unquestionable and he’s at the very heart of all good things we do.

With 5 goals in his last 5 games he’s thriving under Ange Postecoglou and all we can do is enjoy him while he’s here and hope that he and his new team mates can lead us back to the title this season. After that, it’s over to the money men.

It’s been a week of mixed results for the club with a narrow (but creditworthy) defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League before we took all three points against Aberdeen on league duty. Needless to say, Jota scored in both games and played a pivotal role across both fixtures.

We now face a demanding December with no less than 9 fixtures before the turn of the year which will go a long way to determining how successful we are this season.

The first of those fixtures is on Thursday of this week against Hearts at Celtic Park, before a trip to Tannadice to face Dundee United on Sunday.

It’s a relentless fixture list with little room for error. The Ange Train rolls on!

Tino, Mif & Paddy cover all this and more in this latest episode of The Celtic Exchange Weekly.

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