Hibs manager Jack Ross says people shouldn’t go pointing fingers as positive Covid-19 cases continue to crop up in Scottish football.
St Mirren’s match on Saturday with Hamilton has been postponed due to the entire Paisley squad heading into self-isolation. Hibs’ weekend opponents Kilmarnock meanwhile have been hit with an SPFL charge after their virus outbreak a few weeks ago.
For Ross, he believes some are too quick to seek ‘blame’ for the situations clubs with positive cases find themselves in. The Hibs boss reckons some ‘clarity’ would be welcome.
“I’ve respected the fact that the world we are living in, talking specifically about football, has presented unforeseen challenges as we have progressed through the season,” he said.
“We seem desperate at times to search for blame when the truth is if clubs are doing what they are required to do, which I believe they are, there’s not much more we can do. Unless there is blatant disregard for the regulations then there isn’t anyone to blame.
“In the current climate we shouldn’t look for someone to blame and every time there is a positive case we seem to assume someone has done something wrong, rather than an outcome of what’s going on.
“But once there is clarity in the message that helps everyone. If the situation means we need to play three or four games in a week, if that’s what we have to do to complete a season, I don’t think you would find any player or manager complaining about it. But hopefully it doesn’t come to that.”
Hibs head into Saturday’s match with Kilmarnock fourth in the table after a hugely encouraging first round of fixtures had them pick up just two defeats. Ross is challenging his players to at least match that in the remaining sets of matches.
“It’s been hugely encouraging for us with the points total we have at this stage,” said Ross. “If we could replicate that over the course of a season we would be in a very good position come the end of it.
“It’s easier said than done. I think it’s also given us a good gauge of where we can be at. It’s given the players an opportunity to judge themselves as well. There’s been a lot of encouragement from the first set of fixtures.
“The aim is now to replicate that, if not better it, over the next set of fixtures that come around.”