John Collins announced as Celtic assistant manager

John Collins has been unveiled as the new assistant manager at Celtic. Pic: Ian Georgeson
John Collins has been unveiled as the new assistant manager at Celtic. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Hibs legend John collins has been unveiled as the new assistant manager at Celtic.

Collins had been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Hibs, the team he led to League Cup glory in 2007.

However, former Celtic midfielder Collins today described returning to the Scottish Premiership champions as “an honour”.

Collins, who also enjoyed spells with Monaco, Everton and Fulham and earned 58 caps for Scotland in an illustrious playing career, is now set to work with new Parkhead boss Ronny Delia, and 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 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.”

Deila said: “I am delighted to appoint John to the position of assistant manager. I can see what the Club means to him and I can see the qualities that he will bring to Celtic.

“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.”