Celtic supporters have fully signed up to Ange Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy.
But the belief might have taken a bit of a battering after blowing a two-goal lead against Real Betis.
The injury-hit Hoops eventually went down 4-3 on a wild ride in Seville but winger Jota has urged the punters to keep the faith.
There are plenty of pragmatics out there who wanted Celts to shut the game down at 2-0, to adopt a cautious approach and try to see it out. But it’s just not part of the Postecoglou plan.
But the Parkhead gaffer isn’t a dreamer. It’s not simply kick-and-rush stuff and forget about keeping the back door shut, although there will always be an attacking intent.
Jota revealed the entire squad are fully on board – and he hopes the fans keep the faith too.
The on-loan Benfica winger said: “I think the performance in Spain shows we have personality because Betis are a big team and we went face to face with them. That was a good moment from us.
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“We have to face every single game like that and score more goals and I think we will learn from this because if we don’t believe in ourselves nobody else is going to believe.
“We have to stick with our process and just do our thing, believe in the ideas of our coach and our club and stay true to ourselves.”
Celtic were kicking themselves at missing a chance to go three up – then stumbling in at half-time at 2-2 instead.
Betis put the boot down after the break but Jota is refusing to be downhearted.
He added: “It didn’t go in. We would have been more comfortable in the game. We would like to have scored more goals because we had the opportunities.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted but I think the attitude is there. We just have to keep on doing our things, keep on track and just believing in the process.
“I think the next games will be better. It’s not the result we wanted but let’s look to the other ones.
“We are working on every front. Defensively, offensively, we have to be strong in every single area. It’s not only defensively.
“We do the work every single day and every single game so I just think we need more games, more time and things will be fluid for sure.”
Jota is still finding his feet at Celtic but the early signs are promising. The wide man enjoyed an impressive debut against Ross County and gave Betis plenty of grief the other night.
He is relishing his opportunity at Parkhead after struggling last season on loan at Real Valladolid in La Liga and he is convinced there are exciting times ahead with the Hoops.
He said: “The debut and the game the other night speak for themselves. They were two good games.
“In the first one at Celtic Park, with the atmosphere and the fans, I felt very good.
“In this one it was a Europa League experience that made my day. At the end of the day I want this experience.
“I want to be with the lads. I want to help them through the process and just keep on winning and keep on bringing titles and victories to Celtic.
“It was not a good start to the Europa campaign but the attitude of the boys is there. We just have to keep on going.”
Manager Postecoglou is having to patch up his Celts right now, with frontman Kyogo out injured, along with James Forrest, Greg Taylor, Callum McGregor, and new recruit Giorgos Giakoumakis still building fitness.
Jota has been thrown in and been asked to rotate in to a number of roles but you won’t hear the 22-year-old complaining.
He said: “I will be wherever the coach wants me on the pitch.
“If he wants me on the right, I will be on the right. If he wants me on the left, I will be on the left – or the front.
“I just want to learn as much as possible and I will stick with his ideas for sure.
“I do my work to help the team. I work every day on my football. At the end of the day, my team will support me and I will support them.
“We just have to keep on and bring the results.”
Jota’s whirlwind start won’t stop – with Celtic set to face Livingston in West Lothian tomorrow.
It will be a new experience for the Portuguese kid who exploded on to the scene at Benfica and with his national youth sides but is now looking to kick start his career after stalling in Spain.
The 22-year-old has sampled Parkhead and Seville, but a trip to take on the Lions on their notoriously tricky home patch will be something completely different.
Jota said: “Have I played on an artificial pitch? No. Not in the first league but when I was younger I did play on a lot of astros.
“I think we will be okay for sure. Whatever it is, we just have to play football.
“If it is on astro, it is on astro. If it is on normal grass, it is on normal grass.
“As a Celtic player, at this massive club, you cannot have excuses. We just have to be in the games to win it.”