John Collins declares interest in Celtic director of football role

By John McGinley

March 8, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager John Collins has told BBC Scotland he is interested in the director of football role at the club.

Celtic are thought to be recruiting a person for the newly created position after undergoing a period of review and restructure.

Collins, whose playing career also took him to Monaco, Everton and Fulham, believes he can do the job.

Collins told BBC Radio Scotland.: Of course it would be of interest to me. Celtic’s played a big part in my life but I know there’s a lot of experienced people in for the job.

“It’s a job that would most definitely interest me though. In my opinion I believe I’ve got the skillset but it’s not me that’s going to make the decision. It’s probably going to be Dermot Desmond or the new chief executive and the board of directors I would imagine.”

Collins has also served as manager of Hibernian and Charleroi.

He was director of football at Livingston between 2012 and 2013, but left after a disagreement.

It’s unclear how his appointment would be perceived by supporters. Collins was a fantastic player in the 1990s and did find success with Deila at the club a few years ago.

John Collins and Ronny Deila hold aloft trophies won at Celtic / (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

The former Scotland international has also demonstrated he is his own man throughout his career, which is perhaps the kind of personality Celtic need in the door.

However, he doesn’t have a great amount of experience in the director of football role, which could count against him.

Worth watching with interest at least.

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