Jack Ross: 'That is pretty good for Hibs, as a club - but we can improve'
Hibs manager Jack Ross says that when everyone at the club has a moment to reflect on their story so far, they will realise that this could prove a memorable season.
Sitting third in the table more than a quarter of the way through the Premiership season, they have the semi-final of last season’s Scottish Cup to look forward to, as well as likely progress in the Betfred Cup following the recent three group wins, and the Easter Road boss believes that his squad have backed up their early season talk.
“Hopefully the players have grown in confidence because when you go into pre-season and then start the season, you say all the right things, and everybody does it, but the proof of that is what you do out there and our record, including cup games, is very good and, in the league, it is good as well,” said Ross.
“But, I think we can still improve. We were missing a couple of important creative players [in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Ross County], in Jamie Murphy and Drey Wright, and we have previously had to face challenges and been without players in games but we kept turning out results. So, when we draw breath and look at where we are then I think we will see that this could be a good season for us.”
Counting the league and Betfred Cup, there have been 14 competitive games and only Aberdeen and Celtic have managed to inflict defeat. Those were in the league, but they have not derailed their ambitions. Still sitting in third, there have been reinforcements brought in since those results and, taking every game and performance into the overall analysis, Ross says they have laid a solid foundation to build on over the remainder of a busy campaign as they continue to target a European place and some silverware.
“That is pretty good for Hibs, as a club,” added Ross. “With the exception, in recent times, of Neil’s season where he finished third, it has often been a bit scratchy so we have got to fix that and we are on the right path to be able to do that.”