By Ben Brown

4th May, 2022 | 5:40pm

Jota signing for Celtic highlights need for savvy Rangers transfer business

Celtic winger Jota has made his intentions clear to make his stay with the club a long-term one in news which will be unwelcome for Rangers fans.

The 22-year-old is set to sign for the Hoops on a permanent deal (Daily Record, 3 May) after informing parent club Benfica of his desire to make the move.

He has played a key role in their all but confirmed reclaiming of the Scottish Premiership title, making 15 goal contributions across 24 league appearances to propel Ange Postecoglou’s side to the top spot.

Rangers failed to find a similar impact from their loan dealings this season, Amad Diallo arriving to much fanfare from Manchester United in January but not scoring since grabbing the opener in a 3-3 draw at Ross County.

With defender James Sands barely featuring and Aaron Ramsey still missing with a hamstring problem, none of those arrivals can really be said to have been a success during their time at Ibrox.

Have a look across town at the likes of Daizen Maeda and Cameron Carter-Vickers shining alongside Jota and it’s clear that to bridge the gap between the two sides next season a more effective window is needed in the summer.

Apart from Maeda the other two arrived in the summer window at Celtic and that is an obvious factor which Rangers need to address to ensure they adequately compete.

If they can identify their targets early and give Giovanni van Bronckhorst a full pre-season with which to work with them, it gives the Dutchman a better platform with which to start a more sustained title push next season.

They have already shown with victory over their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden that there isn’t much of a gap between the two sides and they can more than compete with them on their day.

Getting the loan business right this time around could be the crucial final piece of the puzzle.

In other Rangers news, this RB Leipzig man was not happy in the build-up to the two clubs Europa League second-leg at Ibrox.