Celtic hero John Collins takes pop at rivals' Cup misery ahead of Glasgow Derby

By Euan Davidson

April 27, 2021

John Collins, potential Director of Football candidate for Celtic, has taken a dig at the manner of Rangers’ cup exit.

Gerrard’s side crashed out of the Scottish Cup after St Johnstone beat them on penalties [Sky Sports]. The fact they got to a shoot-out was down to Zander Clarke, the Saints goalkeeper, who rushed to the opposite box for a last-minute corner. In scenes which provoke comments like “you couldn’t write it”, Clark only went and scored to keep Callum Davidson’s side with the hopes of a domestic double.

It was funny, sure. We realise the “glass houses” rule is in effect here.

Collins, not long after taking ex-Rangers vice-chairman Donald Findlay to task, has secured further Celtic brownie points. He tore into the defending shown by Gerrard’s men. Speaking to the BBC Sportsound podcast, Collins said:

“We’ve got to talk about the goal that Rangers have conceded.

“We’ve given them credit all season for being defensive.

“So you’ve got a goalkeeper who walks into a box, 6’4”, five yards in front of the goalkeeper.

“The goalkeeper isn’t screaming to his centre half to pick him up. So if he’s not screaming at his centre half or somebody to pick him up, his mindset has got to be I’m going to come for this cross.

“Where is the goalkeeper when the cross comes in? Stuck on his goal line. We’ve given him credit all season, but it’s a shocking goal for Rangers to lose. The manager will be watching that, thinking how is that possible?

“Somebody has walked into our box and nobody has thought he is a big guy and I’ll pick him up.”

John Collins celebrates a goal against our rivals in 1994 / (Photo by Allsport UK /Allsport)

Former Celtic midfielder and boardroom hopeful John Collins earning the ire of rivals

It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that Rangers supporters don’t like John Collins.

After all, the former Monaco and Fulham man did like to score the odd screamer against the Gers, in his heyday [YouTube]. He’s also been a relatively successful assistant manager at the club, working with Ronny Deila. That, and the fact Collins had a big fall-out with Gers man Kevin Thomson while he was manager of Hibs [Daily Record].

However, these latest comments, however right they are (and they are) will generate some heat from our rivals. And while we’re not suggesting we should hire staff based on Battle Fever, it is quite funny to see Collins giving our rivals the treatment in the run-up to a Glasgow Derby.

It also shows how Celtic can look to take advantage of Rangers from set-pieces, albeit we probably won’t be expecting Scott Bain to feature heavily from David Turnbull’s whipped corners.

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