Jack Ross refuses to hammer Celtic on Dubai debacle despite media probing

By John McGinley

January 7, 2021

Hibernian boss Jack Ross did not want to criticise Celtic this afternoon despite reporters looking for an opinion on the club’s recent Dubai debacle.

Celtic have been criticised by supporters, pundits, politicians and media outlets for the decision to train for a week in Dubai.

The trip required an adjustment of Ross’ Hibs schedule. Inevitably he was asked about the situation in a press conference today.

However, the top-flight rival refused to be drawn on the issue too much nor disrespect Celtic.

He was asked whether the Dubai jaunt reflected poorly on Scottish football and how seriously it has taken the pandemic.

As quoted by Not The Old Firm, he said: “First of all, what any club in the Premiership chooses to do is none of my business. My concentration is what I can do at Hibs.

“Second of all, I’d disagree strongly in terms of how respectful we’ve been of the virus and the parameters we’ve had to work within.”

Not happy with that answer, the questions would continue from the press.

An irked Ross would go on to say in response to a reporter suggesting it ‘wasn’t a good look’ for Celtic or Scottish football: “I’m not offering an opinion on Celtic being there. I don’t think they flew out on a plane just for them.

“Over the last few months, there have been a lot of people that have left this country and come back to this country.

“They’ve not done something, that I’m sure if you asked everyone on this call if they know someone who has ventured overseas, I’m pretty sure they would tell you yeah.”

Jack Ross set to face Celtic

The Hibs manager will know his team can pile more pressure on the Hoops this Monday night.

A win would see them move just four points behind Neil Lennon’s team as they push for a European spot.

Today’s press conference could have been an opportunity for Ross to stick the boot into a division rival. However, he’s refused to ignite the debate around Dubai further.

Hibs manager Jack Ross / (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ross has always spoken respectfully of Celtic. To me, that is perhaps a reality that his name is in the frame to one day take charge at Celtic. He’s hardly going to want to burn those bridges.

What he’ll be hoping for is that his team does the talking on the pitch.

In other news, some Celtic fans aren’t happy after today’s Mark McKenzie announcement.