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Dundee United have sacked coach Jack Ross after thrashing the Scottish Premiership side 9-0 against Celtic to stay bottom of the standings.

Tangerine was battered by top-flight champions Ange Postecoglou, with Kyogo Furuhashi and Lil Abada scoring hat-tricks at Tanades – a score that sealed Ross’ fate.

Dundee United failed to win any of their first five league matches, losing four of them, and charging 18 goals.

Dundee players look depressed in their 9-0 loss to Celtic
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Dundee players look depressed after losing 9-0 to Celtic

Ross was also eliminated from the European Conference League with a 7-1 aggregate loss to Alkmaar in the third qualifying round. From a 7-0 home loss, United conceded a goal every 15 minutes on average.

The 46-year-old was signed to replace Tam Kurz in June after Ross’ predecessor left the club by mutual consent before taking charge of Hungarian club Budapest Honved over the summer.

Dundee United travel to Livingston on Wednesday in the Premier Sports Cup before a trip to Motherwell in the league on Saturday.

Ross: I’m not getting enough of the group

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Ross said the defeat to Celtic was “humiliating and embarrassing”

Speaking after the 9-0 defeat to Celtic, Ross admitted he wasn’t getting enough from his side but was adamant he wanted time to get it right again.

“I think before this season I didn’t lose a game by more than three goals as a coach, so this hurts me and I’m suffering from it,” he said. Sky BEIN. “It does not diminish my desire to make it right. I have overcome challenges before and I want to overcome this, but it hurts a lot.

“Extra interest, controversy or speculation I accept that because that is just the nature of my job. When you are in charge of a team that has produced these two results. [7-0 vs Alkmaar and 9-0 vs Celtic] So it is totally worth it.

“I’m not getting enough of the current group that I have, so it would be weak and remiss to look for excuses and blame others at the club. We have a good group here who should produce the best of them led by me.”

“I can understand people looking at what we can do to strengthen the group again, but first of all I need to get more out of the group than I am getting.”

Critics react to Dundee United’s 9-0 loss to Celtic

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates after completing a hat-trick in the first half at Tannadice
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Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada scored a hat-trick at Tannadice

Stiliyan Petrov speaking to Sky BEIN: “As much as we can say Celtic were great, Dundee United gave them the opportunity to be special. They weren’t competitive or aggressive. They had a few stints in the game and Stephen Fletcher was great at winning the header, but no one was going for the second ball, no one was interfering and they were. They struggle to make it. They made it easier on Celtic and they won’t stop.”

James McFadden speaking to Sky BEIN: “They didn’t start the season badly, they got a massive win over Alkmaar in Tanadis, which is a great performance. You talk about structure, energy, when to press and when to sit down, they got it all right on the spot. [that day]. So they probably can do it, because they did it under Jack Ross with these guys. It is very difficult.

After 7-0 [loss to Alkmaar]Don’t leave your mind, it stays with you and hurts you. You have strong personalities in the dressing room but you try to catch each other. You are looking for leadership from the manager, the manager is looking for a response from the players and at the moment, they are not getting it. 3-0 against St Mirren, 4-1 at Hearts and now you have 7-0 and 9-0. It’s a really tough team and this is a team that finished fourth last year.

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Carl Starvelt scored Celtic’s last goal as they advanced 9-0 against Dundee United

“Unbelievable as it sounds, because he is so short during his tenure, but if you have 7-0 and 9-0 with 4-1 and 3-0 then something has to change. There will definitely be a conversation about whether things can be changed. Because that was a 9-0 result, but it could have been a lot more. You can take someone in isolation and say last week it was good, but the race was it, something to give and something to change.”

Former Dundee United player Sean Dillon speaks to Sky BEIN: “It’s not good for reading. There is a lot of work to be done. They have to come together as a team, I know that sounds basic but they have to go to the basics. It must be hard to beat, we get into the first half of the hour and be tight. Really. Not only were we close enough to people, he only opened the door to high-quality teams and Celtic was a high-quality team.”

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