Sport Jack Ross plans Josh Doig pep talk as Hibs boss targets Celtic 'relentlessness' clone

21:25  27 september  2020
21:25  27 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Jack Ross insists he will have another chat with teenager Josh Doig after his torrid time at Parkhead.

The Hibs gaffer took the 18-year-old off at half-time after he’d been given a savage test by Jeremie Frimpong.

Experienced replacement Lewis Stevenson didn’t have any better luck trying to halt Celtic’s in-form kid and Ross said Doig had nothing to regret after the 3-0 defeat.

He said: “Look, it was difficult. He competed well in the first-half. He was up against a difficult opponent who has been lauded in recent weeks for being one of their stronger players.

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“It is another learning experience for him. I had a good chat with him at half-time and I will do so again in the coming days.

“He has been brilliant this season for a young man who has just turned 18. He will be fine and will play a big part for us moving forward.

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“When you are that quick and can be that quick from a standing start it is tough to play against. It is a really good quality for him [Frimpong] to have.

“Celtic try to make the pitch as big as they can here and are good at controlling possession. You want to isolate him in one against one situations.”

Ross was disappointed with the final result, but not upset at the display of his side.

He continued: “We don’t like losing games and we’ve not had that feeling very often recently.

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“We were at an incredibly hard venue in terms of Celtic ’s domestic record. But in the first-half I thought we were really good.

“That sounds strange because we found ourselves 2-0 down, but what we created and how we played in the first-half was really encouraging.

“My changes mean that we give up a bit of control in the second-half and try and chase the goal.

“That becomes difficult for the players. There were things that we could have done better in the second-half, but I take responsibility for that side of it. In the first-half there were a lot of pleasing things for us.”

Strikers Christian Doidge and Kevin Nisbet both had openings in that first half and Ross said: “We are normally ruthless in that final third.

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“I wouldn’t say there were any poor misses, but there were lots of areas that we found ourselves in that I would have expected us to at least work Celtic’s goalkeeper.

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“We didn’t and that was the frustration. Not just for me, for the players as well. We want to score goals. The creative side was good.

“What we worked on in training was excellent from them. But it’s just that little final part that was missing.

“I was surprised by how many times we were in, in the first-half in particular. It is not often you come here and do that. We need to take those opportunities.”

Lennon spoke highly of Hibs prior to the game admitting they could have a say in the title race and Ross said: “I appreciate him saying it and I think it is recognition of the fact we have good players and are in a good place.

“But the thing that separates you doing that and not doing that is consistency and relentlessness.

“That is what Neil’s players have that maybe gets overlooked. That is the level that we are striving to get to as a club.

“We have still got  a bit to go. We have done it pretty well this season. It is just a case of dusting ourselves down, recognising the good bits we did and getting ready to go again on Friday night.”

Ross, meanwhile, gave an update on the absent Scott Allan and said: “He has a health issue that he has been investigating further and you can appreciate it is a private and confidential matter. If and when we are able to comment on it we will do so.”

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