JACK ROSS has cooled speculation linking him with a move to become the Celtic manager. The Hibs manager was one of the bookies favourites to replace Neil Lennon, should the Celtic board have decided to let the Irishman go. However, the diplomatic Ross said that he wouldn’t comment on any rumours linking him to Celtic as there wasn’t a vacancy.
The Falkirk-born manager has impressed with the Easter Road outfit as they sit in third place but has said he is ‘very happy’ with the Edinburgh side. Ross, who has a degree in Economics as well as authoring some children’s books, said that the Celtic job was one of the largest in British football, potentially leaving the door open in the future. Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Ross said he isn’t planning on going anywhere soon.
“I’m not planning on going anywhere soon. If Graeme is saying that then he’s just doing his job properly.
“From my point of view I’m very much enjoying the job and very happy where I’m at right now.
“I don’t think you’ll be surprised that I won’t be commenting on (the Celtic rumours) at all because someone is in that job. It is one of the biggest jobs in British football so it’s not for me (to comment), it’s about my concentration on doing my job here as well as I can.
“I do feel as though since I came back in the summer that it’s been a really good fit. I really enjoy the club and the progress we’ve made so far. It’s now about trying to push us as hard and as far as I can.”
The former Sunderland boss stood out to Celtic supporters in the Invincible season with Alloa and St Mirren when his sides attempted to tactically outwit Brendan Rodgers. Ultimately the quality of Celtic won the day but Ross looked like an up-and-coming manager that would have a big future.
Neil Lennon eased the pressure on his job with an impressive 3-2 win over Lille on Thursday. He will be hoping that the performance can act as a catalyst to close the gap on Rangers with a view to winning 10IAR. There is a lot of football to be played between now and May so Celtic have time but they need to get back to winning ways in the league.