Departing Ross County vice-captain Callum Morris was ‘quite surprised’ to see manager John Hughes leave the Dingwall club amid links with a return to Celtic.

It has been reported that Hughes is ‘in the frame‘ to take over as Celtic colts manager for their inaugural season in the Lowland League. It comes after keeping Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on the final day of the 2020/21 season against Motherwell, having arrived at the club in December.

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Morris has hailed Hughes amid the link to Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Morris has told NTOF about Hughes and why he was surprised over his Highland departure, former Celtic teammate Malky Mackay now the County manager “I really enjoyed my time under him. I like the way he does things, he was testing people and watching people all the time.

“He tried to man-manage quite well, he’d put the arm around some players and give others a rocket. He did a good job in the end and his target was to keep us in the league. He did that and you can’t ask for much more than that. I don’t know if his interviews are a ploy to give off a different persona in front of the cameras, or whether that’s just him!

“But he knows exactly what he is doing most of time. He is good fun, you get a good laugh out of him. (The Celtic colts job) probably suits both parties. I don’t know what happened with him leaving County but there were a number of jobs I thought he would go for – Dundee United he was banded about with, Dunfermline, Falkirk.

“He does love Celtic and he would love to pull on that tracksuit. He still has a good few years of coaching left in him. I was quite surprised to see him walk away from County. When it went quiet, the longer you’re waiting, it begins to not look good. Football is a strange business. It was surprising but football moves quickly.”

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