Hibernian manager Jack Ross on Celtic training ground visits

By David Walton

December 15, 2019

Hibernian manager Jack Ross has talked up his previous visits to see Celtic train as he praised the controversial Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic get set to take on Ross’ Hibs at Parkhead today, with the new Easter Road boss having lost on his two previous trips to Celtic Park. Ross’ Alloa and St Mirren sides ultimately went down 2-0 and 4-1 at Parkhead respectively, yet both of those matches saw his teams come out looking impressive.

Both of those managerial duels came against Rodgers. To this day, the nature of his Celtic departure for Leicester City is still a bitter pill for many to swallow.

Jack Ross met with Brendan Rodgers several times (Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

But Ross most certainly views him in a much more favourable light given the help he received from the former Celtic manager. Speaking in the Evening Express, Ross touched on how the Northern Irishman helped him in recent years.

“I was up on a couple of occasions watching them train and spending some time with Brendan, then I was up later on after that for a coffee with him and some general career advice.

“He was really good to me when he was in Scotland, helpful to me as a coach and a manager. It’s no surprise to me, having seen him work up closely, to see the success he is enjoying back in England. He was a big help to me.

“I have lost both games though, so would I rather have had positive results and maybe not had plaudits? Perhaps.”

Ross’ Hibernian will have plenty of threat

Celtic can’t afford to expect the walkover we managed at Hampden last month. The chances are that Hibs won’t be so weakly turned over at Parkhead today.

Celtic steamrolled Hibs at Hampden last month (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So far under the former Sunderland boss, Hibs have won three of his five games in charge. Their most recent, last weekend’s 3-0 win over Aberdeen, saw both Martin Boyle and Florian Kamberi return to form. Both men have previous when it comes to positive performances at Celtic Park, with both players netting there.

In addition to that, Scott Allan has been in pretty surreal form this season. He has seven goals and six assists as he continues a fine return to Easter Road life (Transfermarkt). Allan also assisted Hibs’ goal against us in our September meeting in Leith, and he’ll be determined to make his mark on his Celtic Park return.

Ross will have learned plenty from his meetings with Rodgers. It will also be interesting to see whether watching much of this squad train under the former manager will give him any pointers for today’s match.

Hibernian certainly have their threats (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But just like any domestic game, if we turn up and perform to the standards we know we can, there won’t be any trouble.

Neil Lennon had the luxury of taking away 10 first-team regulars for the game against Cluj. With a bit of luck, all 10 are ready to be thrown back in with their energy-levels restored to peak condition.