Report: Celtic Cup Final opponents plunged into chaos with Ross sacked a week before Hampden

By Euan Davidson

December 9, 2021

Celtic face Hibernian in the Premier Sports Cup Final next week, and the Hibees will be heading to the game without manager Jack Ross.

According to the Daily Mail, Ross was relieved of his duties last night after a bruising loss to Livingston. The former Alloa and Sunderland boss will now be looking for new opportunities in the game.

Hibs are on a marked slide of form. They’ve won just 1 of their last 9 league games, and after a decent start to the season, sit 7th with 7 losses to their name [BBC].

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Ross bore the brunt of criticism from Hibs supporters last night, in a dismal display for the Hibees. Despite having considerable talent at his disposal, Ross just hasn’t made it work this season.

He was able to hold on to his key players, namely Kevin Nisbet and Josh Doig, who were both linked with moves to Celtic in the summer. Martin Boyle, Scott Allan and more have stuck around, while Ryan Porteous remains in the defence.

Realistically, he and Hibs should be doing a lot better, and now the club are in chaos ahead of a Cup Final with Celtic.

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Ange Postecoglou now has amazing opportunity with Celtic, as Hibs plunge into chaos without Jack Ross

If Ange Postecoglou wanted a Cup Final win early doors at Celtic, the heavens have opened for him.

Hibs, despite their excellent Premier Sports Cup run, just haven’t found consistency in league action. Even then, it’s a little surprising that Jack Ross hasn’t been given more time to turn things around. The Hibees have generally enjoyed a fruitful spell with the ex-St Mirren boss.

For Celtic though, this is massive. The chance to secure silverware in December would have a massive impact on the dressing room. The confidence lifting a trophy can garner is surely unparalleled.

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For morale, prestige and the chance to reinstate a winning culture at Celtic, it’s a big, big opportunity. And now it’s been made a lot easier, with Hibs in disarray.

Postecoglou, of course, won’t be taking anything for granted. Nor will he be simply expecting Hibs to be in such a bad shape that they’re not to be taken seriously.

But this isn’t bad news, put it that way.

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