Jack Ross says that the parameters shifted on the controversial Celtic Hibs contest when family members of some players raised concerns over the match.
The Hibees’ match with Celtic has gone ahead despite 16 players and staff from the Parkhead club having to self-isolate following a positive case in their camp. This came after a trip to Dubai for a winter training camp. Hibs asked Celtic to re-test their players, which was declined, some away players having reservations about playing in this one.
While little has changed from a football perspective, Ross says players have the right to raise concerns: “If you take it from a football perspective, none, so that’s one part of it.
“But if you look at it from a human being aspect, then I need to respect the opinion given to me by the players. The difference is to other times this season is the prevalence of the virus and the situation. It’s the first time that players families have expressed concerns and that changes the dynamics.
“As responsible employers, that forces you to seek reassurance, so that is where we are at with it. They were well within their rights to express any concerns. My responsibility is to look after them and take on their problems on football and non-football related matters.
“I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone dealing with things in the lead up to a game I wouldn’t normally be doing. Celtic have a really big squad full of depth and quality despite the challenges they have. Our focus is on playing well.”
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