John Collins tells the truth about Scott Brown and Celtic; also criticises club recruitment on BBC

By John McGinley

February 8, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager John Collins has criticised the club on BBC Sportsound tonight.

The 1990s icon knows a thing or two about succeeding at Celtic, having won silverware as a player and a coach at the club.

He also knows the career of captain Scott Brown better than most, having worked with him both at Hibernian and the Bhoys.

The former Easter Road boss was also the man who sold Brown to Gordon Strachan and the Hoops in 2007.

Collins likes the veteran but reckons he should have been displaced at Celtic before now.

He told BBC Scotland: “I’m a huge admirer of him. I sold him to Celtic when I was Hibs manager, he’s been a great servant. But at 35 years of age, he should have been replaced.

“I was 35 and it came to me as well. The brain’s saying one thing but the legs don’t get across the pitch.”

Collins would go on to criticise the club’s recruitment and the failure to move on Odsonne Edouard before he became disinterested at Celtic.

He explained: “Edouard, he wanted to go in the summer.

“Anyone who watched Celtic at the start of the season will have seen a player that was not motivated, was not sprinting and pressing down centre-halves and full-back.

“The recruitment’s not been good enough.”

Tough comments but hard to disagree

Many Celtic supporters won’t disagree with a word that Collins is saying here.

It’s hard to argue against Scott Brown’s time at Celtic being over. The failure to plan ahead on the Odsonne Edouard issue was also short-sighted.

We were left in a position where we either said goodbye to our star talent before a ten-in-a-row push, or kept him at Celtic against his wishes.

Former Celtic player and coach John Collins / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Neither were ideal and the latter hasn’t worked out to be very efficient.

As a new era dawns at Celtic, the club need to sharpen up in a number of key areas. Otherwise, we’re at risk of falling further behind rival teams at home and abroad.

In other news, a former Premier League referee has hit out at a weekend decision during Celtic v Motherwell.