No, no, no, no, nooooo, Jota! Is there any truth to Rangers rumour?

20 Dec

Is Jota leaving Eibar in January? Is Rangers (Glasgow, not Loftus Road) rather than Brentford his likely destination? Are local journalists simply hopping on the coat tails of the Scottish Sun to blow one of the usual plethora of rumours that appear at this time of year out of all proportion ?

Certainly, to read the legion of headlines one could be forgiven for imagining the talismanic midfielder is currently hot footing  it towards Rangers, having played his last for both Brentford and Eibar. The aforementioned Sun have run the ‘stories’ (please note: your definition of stories may vary) with quotes as definitve as “The Gers boss has enquired about a loan switch” and “Jota has been strongly linked”  – with Rangers.

And then in the usual lemming like rush for click bait generating headlines, the likes of Get West London, Here Is The City, The Daily Record and even something called ‘Football Insider’ have followed suit.

All tell a similar story. Nothing of any, actual, substance and simply the admission from  Eibar sporting director Fran Garagarza that Jota is ‘within his rights’ to ask for his loan from Brentford to be terminated once the January window opens.

Jota corner short?

Jota – when will we see you again?

The one thing we can say for sure is that the Spaniard hasn’t been high up the pecking order at Eibar. But even if he was to leave, would he really go to Ibrox?

Sure, league wise there’s the chance to be a very big fish in a very small pond but the simple fact is that he remains our player. Brentford have no need to sell and his return would be both a wonderful psychological boost for a team that sit just three wins below the play-off spots for the Premier League.

If nothing else, surely Dean Smith is fighting tooth and nail to secure the return of somebody who is one of HIS players? Just imagine the link up with goal machine Scott Hogan? The option of a ball from the flank aswell as the one through the middle.

We don’t normally do ‘rumours’ on these pages. Mainly because the vast majority that have appeared over the years have proven to be unsubstantiated. The said, the locals did have a good summer this year but this one seems a headline too far.

If any midfield move is in the offing it will, surely, be through the outdoor. Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s exit must be as nailed on to happen as his backside currently is to the substitute’s bench. I’ve no evidence to support this beyond my own eyes –  what he has to do to get a game is beyond me but it seems one relationship that has been fatally holed below the waterline.

With the window opening in a couple of weeks it could be a painful ride through until the end of January. We’ll no doubt be inundated with more of these headlines (see also: Scott Hogan) from our friends in the media who would report transfer activity in a packet of cereal if it meant a headline. And yes I’ve used that one before but, frankly, I like the excuse to crowbar in the graphic.

The one thing I’d bet my hat on is that there’ll be no Mark Warburton / Jota reunion.

At least, at Rangers…..


This sort of transfer activity always popular

Nick Bruzon

15 Responses to “No, no, no, no, nooooo, Jota! Is there any truth to Rangers rumour?”

  1. trueblue December 20, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    I do love the biig fish in the littke pond crap if it wasnt for the sky money englush clubs get they be struggling ,remembet we had some top quality pkayers here at rangers gazza laudrope butcher woods go get your head out your arses

  2. Paul h December 20, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Jota said when he left to go back to Spain that the only club he would come back to would be Brentford,let’s hope he is a man of his word.Also why would any player want to play in the Mickey Mouse world of the Scottish Premier,even Scott Sinclair Is scoring goals and thinks he’s a world class player I think not

    • RebelBee December 20, 2016 at 9:23 am #

      Rangers are a fine & huge club, the fella makes a fair point about the Sky money- not that we see much of it in the championship. Jota is our player & his future is in our hands, if he goes to Ibrox it’ll be our doing & there’s no shying away from that.

  3. Steve December 20, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    What wouldn’t be enticing about playing in front of 50k fans every week and the chance to play in Europe?

    • hobbo December 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      Rangers v Celtic .throw in Aberdeen , a couple of European games and its all over. Thats the problem with Jock football Steve. Give me the Bees in front of a 10,000 crowd in a COMPETITIVE league anyday.

  4. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) December 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    I am not taking much notice of this newspaper story…at the moment. To recall Jota only to sell him to Rangers would deflate every Bees supporter. Im not privvy to what his personal reasons were to return to Spain, but for him to return from his personal sabbatical and go straight to Glasgow, would leave a bad taste in the mouth.

    He would be a big fish in a small pond. That much is clear. The standard of football in the SPL is generally League 2, with the exceptions being the 2 Glasgow giants and Aberdeen, and between them it isnt much more than high end Championship if that. Scottish football committed suicide when they demoted Rangers it will take years to get to the level of Gascoigne, Laudrup, Butcher et al as our spelling deficient Scottish correspondent pointed out.

    What is concerning as that we may struggle to hold on to Hogan & Judge in January. Add Jota to that and a KK loan, and I think there will be many who will pack it all in for the season

    What is clear is we do need Jota back, not only to enhance our side, but to protect our investment whose value must be tumbling this season with his inactivity at Eibar.

    By the way im pretty convinced Rangers get a hell of a lot more TV money than we do.

  5. Steve December 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    You would be surprised at how little TV money Rangers get considering the viewing figures they pull in. You are right, the competition is pretty shit, and Rangers current level is probably high end Championship whilst Celtics is arguably bottom of Premiership / high end championship, but what those Engurlanders who follow the English league only fail to see about Rangers is the truly top class European training facilities there are, the historic stadium and a packed full house every week. Every game against Rangers feels like a derby as well as teams simply bust a gut to beat them. I can understand the query as to why a team would want to join the SPL but the draw to sign for a club the size of Rangers is definitely worth considering. You are right though again in that Rangers will probably never get back to the teams that included Van Bronckhorsts, de Boers, Gascoignes, Artetas, Gatussos, Laudrups unless there is a change to the TV money or they move to the English League set up.

    • hobbo December 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Not many clubs trying to sign the current crop of Rangers players is there Steve ? The last sizable transfer was Macleod to the Bees, kind of says it all really .

      • Steve December 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

        No, but would you expect a lot of players playing in the lower reaches of Scottish Football to fetch a big fee? No. They are of a lower standard. I think you’re missing the point that although the standard isn’t as good, the history, prestige, fans and potential European football is a big draw. Whether you like it or not.

  6. Rob December 20, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    Where Jota goes (if he does indeed leave) is irrelevant. The issue is we are crying out for some decent wing men, indeed Dean Smith mentioned as much a week or so ago in an interview. We have one such player on our books, and therefore to let him leave without giving him a run would be criminal in my opinion. This winter transfer window could be one of the most depressing yet if all the rumours are true. I think it distinctly possible Scotty Hogan will leave if a premier team, or decent Championship club with a realistic chance of promotion were to offer around £10m. Alan Judge to Newcastle for a cutdown fee is being muted, less likely I would have thought but a possibility as it would represent a much smaller risk as £600k. It’s more likely he’ll be on his way for nothing in the summer, now Jota to Rangers. KK off too?
    I’ve said it before on here. IF these rumours materialise what sort of signals does it send out to the fans if we can’t even hold onto our assets for a season let alone build over a few years. ‘Deflate’ would aptly describe how Bees fans would feel. And will players want to come to a club that’s not showing much ambition?

    This is of course all hypothetical and a worse case scenario. However in recent years there’s been no smoke without fire. In fairness the club haven’t done too badly considering events of the recent past but they’ve also been fortunate that a double ACL injured player has come back as strongly as he has.
    Let’s see what happens.

  7. Richard December 21, 2016 at 4:42 am #

    This seasons champions league group stage results; Celtic 3 Man City 3 Man city 1Celtic 1

    • Steve December 21, 2016 at 7:43 am #

      At the same time you could say Lincoln Red Imps 1 Celtic 0. Hapoel Beer Sheeva 2 Celtic 0. FC Astana 1, Celtic 1.

      The Man City result was spurious and not a real reflection of how poor Scottish Football currently is.

      • nickbruzon December 21, 2016 at 7:46 am #

        Ahh, Lincoln Red Imps. My absolute moment of pre-season 🙂

      • Steve December 21, 2016 at 8:39 am #

        Nick, in all seriousness, that must be the most embarrassing result ever in a competitive football match.

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