Jack Ross states Celtic training ground visits helped develop him as a manager
Hibernian manager Jack Ross has stated that previous visits to Lennoxtown under former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers have helped develop him as a manager.
Ross is back rebuilding his stock after a damaging spell with Sunderland, and it’s fair to say he’s doing just that. After a fine 3rd-place finish last season, Ross is continuing his Hibs revolution in style in the early stages of the current campaign.
Currently ahead of the Hoops and sitting 3rd once again, Ross has something going at Easter Road. Especially when it comes to the talent he has in his ranks such as Kevin Nisbet and Josh Doig to name a couple.
But the Hibs boss has been acknowledging those who helped him in the early stages of his managerial career. And as he did, he identified Celtic and Rodgers as having a “big influence” on him.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Ross said: “When I was manager of Alloa we drew Celtic in the cup. Brendan Rodgers was the manager and he invited me to go to Lennoxtown. I took him up on it and visited him a couple of times, watched training and spent a bit of time with him after.
“There were a lot of things that I took affirmation from. We thought in a similar way, he’s much more successful than me but in terms of how to manage people and behaviour, we’re similar. That was a big influence for me.
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“Derek McInnes, when I was at Alloa at St Mirren, he made a lot of time for me. He did the same when I got sacked at Sunderland, because he’d had the same experience at Bristol City then he joined St Johnstone. People that have walked in your shoes help.”
Jack Ross has already been linked with Celtic job in the past – one day perhaps
Ross once labelled Celtic one of the “biggest jobs in British football” last season. This came after he was fleetingly linked with the gig himself during a period of uncertainty for the football club [Sky Sports].
Whilst Ross wasn’t quite ready and didn’t really have the CV for it then, he’s certainly moving in the right direction at the moment.
Ange Postecoglou as we all know got the role and a monumental rebuilding job is on his hands. Ross, a direct rival this season, will be looking to show he’s planting the seeds for a step-up with another big season. He’ll view toppling Celtic in the Premiership as the ideal way to do that.
It’s always pleasing to hear managers talk up how Celtic have helped them in the past. It shows us as more than a football club, even if Ross’ connection to the Hoops came via the controversial Rodgers.
But there’s something about the Hibs man. He plays positive, attacking football and always has his side pressing high. Particularly when they play against Celtic anyway. You feel there’s a lot more to come from him as he continues to impress in Edinburgh.
Whether he ends up here one day in the long-term future remains to be seen. But it’s clear he holds a connection with Celtic for opening up to him during his Alloa days.