Former Celtic man John Hughes leaves post as Ross County manager

By John McGinley

May 24, 2021

Former Celtic defender John Hughes has left his post as Ross County manager to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

The club announced the news this afternoon after Hughes guided them to safety from Scottish Premiership relegation.

A statement said: “John Hughes was brought to Ross County on a fixed-term contract until the end of the season to steer us to safety from relegation, and he has successfully achieved that objective.

“The club can today confirm that John has decided to explore further football opportunities and with the imminent expiry of his contract, John will leave the club. John’s time here was a great success for John personally and Ross County Football Club.”

Hughes stated: “I would like to thank the players, staff and supporters. I have enjoyed my time at Ross County. I was appointed with the objective of securing Premiership football and I am proud to have achieved this under the circumstances. I wish Roy MacGregor and Ross County every success for the future.”

Hughes did a brilliant job in the Highlands and one of his best moves was signing up Celtic youngster Leo Hjelde on a loan basis.

The teenage defender performed well for the Staggies and Hughes even likened him to Virgil van Dijk earlier this season.

Yogi also stated that Hjelde wouldn’t be far away from the Celtic first-team this summer.

Hughes has always maintained a decent relationship with the Celtic support since playing for the club under Tommy Burns in the 1990s and even spoke to us last year about one of his former proteges, Ryan Christie!

It’ll be very interesting to see what the future holds for the former County boss. He could well be in line to land a better opportunity elsewhere after rehabilitating his career to a decent extent with his Dingwall spell.

In other news, Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone approval is a great sign for Celtic supporters.