Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

Scottish champions Celtic have appointed former midfielder John Collins as assistant to new boss Ronny Deila.

Collins enjoyed an extensive playing career, managing a total of 229 matches for the Bhoys between 1990 and 1996.

The 46-year-old has also been associated with Everton, Fulham and Monaco during his playing career and earned 58 caps for the Scotland national team, scoring 12 goals.

“I am delighted to appoint John to the position of assistant manager," Deila told Celtic's official site.


"I have had a number of meetings with John, I can see what the club means to him and I can see the qualities that he will bring to Celtic."

Collins has prior managerial experience, having held the top position at Hibernian, with whom he won the Scottish League Cup in 2007.

"He is a first-class coach and has ideas on football which are very similar to mine so I am sure he will be a great addition to my team.

"He will start immediately and together we will now prepare for this first day of training next week.

"We have important matches in the near future so I am pleased that I have been able to secure him so quickly. Now we can get to work”, Deila added.

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