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Collins announces Celtic departure

By May 9, 2016No Comments

Celtic assistant manager John Collins today announced that we will leave Celtic at the end of the season.

With manager Ronny Deila already set to leave, Collins has taken the decision to follow the Norwegian out of the Parkhead exit door.

The 48 year old, a player for Celtic between 1990 and 1996, said: “I came with Ronny, so it’s only right that I leave with him.

“A new manager will come in and bring his own staff with him. It’s disappointing to leave but a lot of people would be delighted to have what I’ve had.

I’ve played for the team and won a cup (Scottish Cup, 1995) and two league titles as part of management. History will dictate whether it was good or bad”.

The reign of Deila and Collins was not without contention, with many within the Celtic support unhappy with the performances being turned in on the park and a failure to progress as hoped for.

Many names have been touted to be the next Celtic manager, with David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Keane among some of the more high profile candidates.

Despite some of the set-backs during the tenureship under Deila, Collins was keen to point out the more positive aspects of their time, before handing over the reigns to a new team of staff; “There have been lots of highs, some lows, but we’ve got five in a row.

“Of course we all want better, we all want more. But we got the title, we got five in a row so we pass the baton on to the next manager and see what he does.

“When you win, people can be unhappy, when you lose, people are really unhappy. There are big demands but that’s life at a big football club.

“There are not too many clubs in Europe who have five (titles) in a row. We’ve got it and the target now is six”.

Collins stressed that it is important Celtic move quickly to replace his and Deila’s roles in the dugout, with qualifiers for the Champions League not far around the corner: “They can’t get the next manager in quick enough.

“He has got to assess the squad and prepare for the Champions League games that come straight away.

“We have got lots of players away on international duty so it is not an ideal scenario for the new manager to come into.

“We had it two years ago. it’s not easy to manage. But you just have to deal with the situation as best you can the quicker the better.

“But you can’t rush decisions either, you have to take your time and Peter Lawwell and the board will take their time and get the right man”.

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