JACK ROSS has warned Celtic he will demand his Hibs players stop the rot at Easter Road on Wednesday.
The Edinburgh side lost 1-0 to Scott Brown’s Aberdeen at Pittodrie at the weekend, their THIRD consecutive defeat after previous reverses at Ibrox and at home to Dundee United.
Ross admitted it will be “a test of character” against Ange Postecoglou’s side in Edinburgh as the Parkhead men arrive on the back of four successive victories, including two away league victories against the Dons and Motherwell after going almost eight months without a domestic win on their travels.
CAPITAL SHOW…Ange Postecoglou is aiming to improve on Celtic’s two draws at Easter Road last season.
The Greek-Australian gaffer will also have the opportunity to achieve something neither Neil Lennon nor interim boss John Kennedy managed to do last season – and take three points from Easter Road.
With the Northern Irishman in charge, the team drew 2-2 in November and they brought down the curtain on a wretched campaign in Scotland’s capital with a scoreless stalemate in May. Legendary skipper Brown made his final appearance for the Hoops in the 0-0 deadlock and was hugged by the sporting Hibs manager at full-time.
But Ross is backing his players to come bouncing back and said: “I think human nature dictates that when you lose games, your belief takes a dent slightly.
“Clearly, when you win games, it rises. You see it all the time when clubs go on streaks. We’ve got a group that for pretty much a year and a half now has done things pretty well.
“This is probably the stickiest period they’ve had during that.”
FAREWELL…Scott Brown waves goodbye after his medal-laden Celtic career in the 0-0 draw with Hibs at Easter Road in May.
The former Alloa, St Mirren and Sunderland boss, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “It will be a test of character for them, for us. But it’s time to have that unity about them and also to remember why they’ve had a lot of positive results.
“We know that we’re in a difficult period at the moment, but we can turn that around very quickly.
“We’ve got an opportunity to do that on Wednesday night.
“Everybody has different ways of looking at it. It’s a challenge against one of the top teams in the league and a team that are in very good form at the moment.
“It is a game that we’d expect to bring out the best in my players.”