Jack Ross says Hibs will not dwell on recent defeats when a relentless Celtic side arrive at Easter Road.
After defeats to Hearts and Aberdeen in two of their biggest matches of the season, Ross’ men beat Dundee 4-1 in the League Cup last weekend. It was a welcome boost ahead of a match with Celtic.
The Hibees lost 3-0 at Parkhead earlier this term, despite a positive performance. Against a Celtic side chasing 10 consecutive titles, Ross knows his side can’t dwell on what’s been and gone.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose the semi-final,” said Ross. “I was critical after the Aberdeen game because it’s about pushing us to be a club that continually competes at that part of the game and to do that you have to win those types of matches.
“We have made progress so it’s about making sure we are aware of the shortcomings but equally we don’t dwell on them. We look at why in the main we have been good this season.
“We have work to do but we are heading in the right direction and will continue to do that. We can be pleased with how we have performed at Easter Road this season.
“We have shown both sides of our game and we’ll need that again at the weekend. I’m very respectful of Neil and his group because they are serial winners in what they have achieved in recent years.
“We know we need to play. But we had belief in the game against Rangers at Easter Road that we could win the game. We fell short but took something from it and it’s the same mentality we’ll go into this game with.”