‘Wonderful’: Gordon Strachan names the Celtic player who was better than Vinicius Jr vs Real Madrid
Ange Postecoglou’s side will now almost certainly have to win their last two matches to qualify for the Europa League.
Strachan was full of praise for plenty of Celtic players, but one man in particular stood out.
In particular, he highlighted that Jota was better than Vinicius Jr for the first half of their match earlier in the campaign.
Celtic went into half-time level with Real Madrid in that match, and had missed the better chances.
Jota was better than Vinicius Jr
Speaking on BT Sport, Strachan said: “I think they’re all good players, but he’s (Jota) the one player that buys you time.
“His ability, defenders look at him and think, ‘I’m not diving in’ so he can keep it.
“Now that means getting your players into good defensive positions, or more importantly getting them into attacking positions.
“Good defenders will wait for support and maybe won’t dive in, other players, they might take a chance and think, ‘I can get this’, he buys you time.
“If you allow him to run at you, he can cross with his right foot, left foot.
“I’ve got to say in the first half against Real Madrid, he was a better player than Vinicius Jr., he was wonderful that night.”
Celtic were once again wasteful in front of goal despite creating plenty of chances.
Attention will now turn to the Scottish Premiership, and Postecoglou will be hoping his Portuguese winger is available again.
Celtic fans will be hoping Jota can return at the same levels that saw Strachan say he was better than Vinicius Jr.