Ross learning from serial winner Rodgers

21 May 2021 21:50:51 GMTPlus10

Hibernian boss Jack Ross says he has picked the brains of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers on how to win cup finals ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup decider.

Hibs head to Hampden Park looking to win the cup for only the second time in 119 years and are 2.40 to do so, while opponents St Johnstone are 3.20 with the draw 3.00 after 90 minutes.

Scottish Cup final success would cap an excellent season for the Edinburgh outfit, who finished third in the Scottish Premiership, their highest finish in the top flight in 16 years.

While Ross's side were 18 points better off than the fifth-placed Saints in the final standings, his opposite number Callum Davidson already knows what it takes to win a final at Hampden Park having guided St Johnstone to the Scottish League Cup in February.

St Johnstone beat Hibernian 3-0 in the League Cup semi-finals at Hampden en route to claiming the honour, leading Ross to seek out some advice from a man who knows what it takes to get over the line in cup competitions.

Former Celtic boss Rodgers has a 100 per cent record in cup finals, guiding the Hoops to two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups during his time at Celtic Park.

The 48-year-old landed his first piece of major silverware in English football last weekend when steering Leicester City to FA Cup glory and Ross believes he's the perfect man to turn to ahead of Hibs' own final.

"I just gave him one on the day of the game [the FA Cup final] and then the other messages were all about the cup final [on Saturday]...and how to win them. Because he is good at that," Ross told the Edinburgh News.

"He's proven himself to be an absolutely outstanding coach and manager, not just with what he achieved in Scotland with Celtic, but with what he's gone on to do with Leicester.

"I was delighted for him, personally, at the weekend. I think you saw how much it meant to him. I hope I can experience that same type of feeling at the weekend."

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