Jack Ross is optimistic that Hibernian will be able to compete against Celtic when they head to Glasgow on Monday night.

The reason for that are the Easter Road side’s performances against the Premiership Champions so far this season. In the first meeting between the teams this season Hibernian lost 3-0. But the game was much closer than the scoreline would indicate.

Dominated last meeting between teams

In the second meeting, Hibernian dominated and were 2-0 ahead before two late Celtic goals ensured that the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

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Hibernian and Celtic drew 2-2 in November (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, Ross knows that in order for Hibernian to be competitive they must improve on their recent performances, which have seen them lose their last two league games. Ross knows that it will be a tough game, even though Celtic have been struggling this season.

“In recent weeks they (Celtic) have changed their system. In recent weeks their performance level has been good. A difficult match at the best of times, for us, we have been competitive in both matches this season.

“We were really good”

“Although we lost three-nil at Parkhead I thought for the first 45 minutes we were really good in the game. The game at Easter Road we probably feel we should have won the game. That has given us cause for optimism as well” Ross remarked.

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Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet celebrates after scoring against Celtic (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Most of all though, the Hibernian boss is looking for improvement on the last two games. Those games saw the Easter Road side lose 2-0 to Ross County and 3-0 to Livingston.

“Certainly for us the focus for us is making sure we return to the form we’ve been in, in the main this season, and not the performance level of the last couple of matches.”

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