Jack Ross on being destroyed by Ange’s Celtic; believes nobody knows how to stop them
Former Hibernian manager Jack Ross has opened up being ripped apart by Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic as he stated nobody has found a way to stop them at their best.
Celtic are preparing for yet another massive occasion this afternoon when they face Rangers at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Ross had already come up against Celtic this season before he was sacked at the tail end of 2021. That particular experience wasn’t a fruitful one for him either. The Hoops were 3-0 up within half an hour at Easter Road as Postecoglou’s vision truly started to come to life.
And Ross has stated that particular day led to perhaps his toughest half as a manager in football. Speaking via BBC Sportscene, he said: “When they are at it, it’s very very difficult to stop and play against. They set their team up to play against it. We suffered a heavy defeat against them at Easter Road this season and the opening 45 minutes was almost as tough a half as I’ve had as a manager because they were just so good at what they do.
“It will be interesting tomorrow to see if Rangers take a different tactical approach because although they started well at Ibrox I think Celtic then saw the game out well.
“It’s the conundrum because I don’t think anybody’s been able to figure out the best way to stop Celtic when they’re at their best.”
Celtic truly came to life at Easter Road; the progress since then has been remarkable
Celtic fans had seen signs of the team Ange was trying to build before that October date in Edinburgh. We were still trailing in the league championship however and still looking to put the painful 1-0 loss at Livingston the previous month behind us.
But that night at Easter Road saw something special happen. It saw the birth of what Ange was truly trying to create. Celtic supporters, for perhaps the first time against top Scottish opposition, had absolutely scythed them apart. Kyogo may have made it 3-0 within half an hour, but it could’ve been so much more by half-time alone.
However, in saying that, what Celtic didn’t have at that stage of the season was consistency. 3 days after that win we were back to dropping 2 more points at home to Livingston. We were having a big problem trying to get a sustained run of wins under our belts.
Things couldn’t be more different these days, however. The one thing you now can’t accuse Celtic of is a consistency problem. They’ve only dropped 2 league points in 2022 overall. 4 in total since that October stalemate against Livi. Nobody has been able to touch the Hoops.
Celtic have developed so much more than many can appreciate this year. Ange has his squad exactly where he wants it, and Ross is right to say that no manager has found a way to stop it at its best.
Fingers crossed that stays the same this afternoon. Anything but progression today remains unacceptable.