Hibernian manager Jack Ross has played down rumours linking him with a move to Celtic, speaking in his pre-match press conference today, as reported by our colleagues at Not The Old Firm.
Hibs Sporting Director Graeme Mathie hit the headlines earlier today after admitting he was aware of reports linking the Easter Road boss with a move to Celtic Park should Neil Lennon depart his post (The Scotsman).
However, when questioned on the topic by reporters, Ross refused to disrespect Lennon’s position at Celtic, insisting he is happy where he is for now.
As quoted by my colleague Ben Banks at Not The Old Firm, the Hibernian manager said: “I’m not planning on going anywhere soon! From my point of view I’m very happy with where I am at the moment.
“I won’t comment on it as someone is in that job and it’s one of the biggest jobs in British football. I do feel that since we have came back in the summer that this has been a really good fit.
“I’ve enjoyed the progress we have made so far and it’s about pushing us as far as we can. Football management is my chosen line of work and I want to be the best I can be every single day, get better at it.
“I found myself in the space of two years going from Alloa in 2016 to Sunderland in 2018. It was quite a dramatic change in a short period of time and I had to cram a lot of learning into that couple of years.
“I felt as if I did and I am still doing that. I don’t think that is ever going to end. But I am continually trying to be the best I can be. It isn’t often in football that there is time afforded to managers, for a variety of reasons.
“I got opportunities to move quickly through teams doing well. The clamour for change in managers has been far greater than it has been in the past. But I am happy at the moment.
“You can never say for certain as there’s a lot of unpredictability in this profession but I have contentment for where I’m at both professionally and personally.”
Despite obviously attempting to play down the rumours, those are a fascinating set of quotes, especially the last line in which he admits football is unpredictable and anything can happen.
Ross is a class act and was never going to outright talk about the Celtic problems in the context of his own career.
Managers rarely do that to fellow professionals, and I’m sure the former St Mirren and Sunderland man has a lot of respect for Neil Lennon.
Celtic have also made it clear they are willing to stand by the Bhoys boss for now, so any new manager chat has been kicked into next year for now despite media speculation.
Hopefully, the team can turn around their form to the extent it’s not an issue in the short-term.