Collins to assist Deila at Celtic

John Collins demonstrates his skills while taking a coaching course on a visit to the Borders 2012
John Collins demonstrates his skills while taking a coaching course on a visit to the Borders 2012
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John Collins has been named as assistant coach at his former club Celtic FC.

The Galashiels former international player made 229 appearances for the Parkhead club from 1990 to 1996 before leaving for Monaco and two spells in the Premier League with Everton and Fulham.

Commenting on his new post Collins said: “It is a huge honour for me to return to Celtic, the Club which has always been such a major part of my life.

“I am grateful to Ronny (Deila) for giving me this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to working closely with him and the players to ensure that we can continue to bring the good times to Celtic.

“I know what a great club Celtic is and I know exactly what the Club means to our fans.

“I will support the Manager in every way and I am sure that together with our players, the backroom staff and the fans, we can all play our part in bringing success to the Club.”

Following a number of meetings with the Borderer Deila said that he could see what the club meant to him and that the two had similar views.

Collins will start immediately as the club prepare’s for its first day of training next week.

Collins has held managerial positions at Hibernian FC, winning the Scottish League Cup in 2007. He was also Manager of Charleroi in Belgium in 2008 and appointed Director of Football at Livingston FC in 2012.