Jack Ross has dismissed a question about whether he feels Celtic owe his club an apology after the events on Monday night. Celtic had 16 of their regular match day personnel out with 13 players and 3 staff forced to isolate after Christopher Jullien tested positive on return from Celtic’s ill-advised plan to Dubai.
Speaking ahead of Hibs’ game against Kilmarnock, Ross was asked if Celtic had apologised for the pre-match confusion and concerns raised by the Easter Road side. Whilst Ross could have come out and given the press what they wanted, the diplomatic ex-Sunderland manager said he didn’t expect an apology as he accepted the reasoning behind the Celtic decision to reject another round of testing.
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Unfortunately for the Sky Sports reporter that asked the question, they didn’t get the headline they were after as Ross said that he didn’t expect an apology after the reason for the rejection was explained to him by the authorities.
Celtic have been at the end of a fair degree of criticism for their trip to Dubai, some warranted and some unwarranted. However, it was refreshing to see someone with some common sense addressing the issue as opposed to the usual scarecrows that come out and blame Celtic for everything. The club should never have been in Dubai in the first place and they were rewarded with two points dropped. Ross was probably contented with the late equaliser enough without furthering Celtic’s misery over the crisis… especially when he is considered a favourite to replace Lennon.