Terry Butcher backs James Collins to shine

James Collins has managed three goals so far for Hibs. Pic: SNS
James Collins has managed three goals so far for Hibs. Pic: SNS
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TERRY BUTCHER believes Hibs fans could be about to see the best of James Collins.

And the Easter Road boss reckons that the striker’s workrate outside the box, as well as in it, reminds him of Inverness sensation Billy McKay.

The Caley hitman is on fire right now, having bagged 15 goals for the Highlanders so far this season.

Butcher says that the two players come from a similar mould and is hoping that Collins will soon get the rewards for his hard work too.

Collins, who joined Hibs from Swindon Town for £200,000 in the summer, has taken time to settle into the side but has scored three goals for the club so far.

And Butcher, who took over as manager last month after the departure of Pat Fenlon, says that the style Hibs are playing right now suits Collins down to the ground and believes he will add many more to that tally before the season is out.

Butcher, whose side play host to St Johnstone in the Premiership this weekend, said: “I can see a difference in him from when he first came but that is because we are playing a way that probably suits him better, no disrespect to what has gone on before.

“But the way we play we like to get the ball forward. We liked Billy Mackay to work hard – not just to score goals, but also his work outside the box, is tremendous.

“And James will do that too – he is an honest boy. He works his socks off.

“You think sometimes he has three lungs instead of two because he covers that much ground. He is very effective.

“The unfortunate thing is we want him to be in the middle when he crossed the ball, which is physically impossible unless you are Billy Whizz.”