Jack Ross thinks that 'people underestimate' Celtic's domestic record

By John Reid

September 26, 2020

Hibernian manager Jack Ross feels that the remarkable consistency shown by Celtic domestically in recent seasons is perhaps taken for granted, the Edinburgh News reports.

Ross takes his Hibs team to Celtic Park on Sunday, on the back of the Hoops’ 1-0 win over Riga in the Europa League.

However, Ross has disclosed that he takes more notice of how well Celtic do domestically. He is very impressed by the record Neil Lennon and has predecessor Brendan Rodgers had.

Celtic lift the league title in 2019 (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“I haven’t bothered too much with the European games with Celtic and Rangers, I have looked more at their domestic matches” he said, as quoted by Edinburgh Live.

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“How difficult that is”

“What they have done under Brendan and since Neil went back is win, and people underestimate how difficult that is. They’re a little less predictable in terms of what we’ll face but the one thing we know is we’re facing good players, and a team that pretty much bangs out wins most of the time” he concluded.

It has to be said that Ross does have a bit of a point. Due to the size of the club, it seems like domestic success at Celtic is almost taken for granted. However, that shouldn’t be the case.

Celtic players celebrate winning the Betfred Cup (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Celtic are in a period of domestic success never seen before in Scotland. That cannot be easy to maintain. The Hoops have of course won the last 11 domestic honours. But if you look at the league record since Neil Lennon took over from Brendan Rodgers, that is where the real consistency is shown.

Lennon’s league record is remarkable

Lennon has managed Celtic in 48 league games so far. Celtic have won 39 of them. That is an incredible record, especially when you consider the circumstances that saw Lennon get the job. The players and management deserve all the praise in the World for that record.

Despite some gripes over Celtic’s early season performance this season, it should not be forgotten about that the Hoops have only dropped points once in the league so far. That is a better record than any other team in the Premiership.

Sometimes it takes an outsider to see how well a football club is doing. That seems to be the case with Jack Ross’ remarks.

In other news, Neil Lennon has praised Hibs starlet Ryan Porteous.