Hibernian boss Jack Ross bows to superior Celtic quality

By David Walton

December 16, 2019

New Hibernian manager Jack Ross has praised Celtic and claimed we had to be at it in order to beat his side.

Ross’ record at Hibs now reads at 10 points from six games, with the Hoops never in danger yesterday. All over the park, Celtic were streets ahead of their Leith rivals, and it could’ve been a lot more than 2-0 had we had our shooting boots on.

Indeed, Fraser Forster’s best save came from his own man in Christopher Jullien. Outside of that, only Martin Boyle seemed to test him as the rest of Hibs’ attackers flopped.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic made it nine wins from nine home games in the Premiership (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ross, however, was happy to acknowledge they simply came up against the better team. Speaking to Hibs TV, he said the following:

“We’re disappointed to lose the game. We want to create a mindset and mentality where we’re not happy losing any match, irrespective of who it’s against or where it is.

“I don’t want us to get a pat on the back and say we only got beat 2-0. But we played against a good team today. They are a good side and I thought they played well. I thought they were at it – I think that’s a compliment to us that they had to be at it to in the game.

“I don’t think they would feel they dipped below their performance levels, and I think that’s a recognition of what we can do with the team as well.”

Celtic continue to give nothing away this season

Hibs had next to no chance of taking anything from Parkhead with the mood Celtic were in. Neil Lennon has now seen his side rack up 43 points from a possible 48 – not many previous Celtic managers could boast such stats at this stage of the season.

Celtic continue to rack up win after win in a ruthless campaign (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Ross is also perhaps flattering his own team with some of those remarks. Even though he admits they came up against a better side, Hibs were flat.

The Edinburgh outfit set up to attack Celtic. Christian Doidge, Flo Kamberi, Scott Allan, Stevie Mallan, and Martin Boyle all started. Nearly half of their team were forward-thinking players. Yet not one can come away from Parkhead and feel they impressed.

The scoreline, in the end, was generous. Yes, Boyle himself had a couple of flashes at goal early on. Jason Naismith had some openings himself too. But we missed absolute sitters on the day from Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest, and Odsonne Edouard to name a few.

Lennon now has two wins our of three against Hibs this term (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Celtic, on another day, would’ve really taken this Hibs team to the cleaners. What the scoreline does is allow the Easter Road side to feel that they competed better than they actually did.

In any case, that’s not our concern. It’s another three points to take us back to the top of the Premiership. A tough-looking clash at Tynecastle is next on the agenda, and it will take a brave fan to bet against us winning comfortably there too.