Long-serving Celtic star name reveals plans to quit the club
By Alex Stevens
John Collins has announced he is quitting Celtic at the end of the season.
The Hoops assistant manager revealed at a media conference on Monday that he will follow manager Ronny Deila out of the Parkhead exit door.
Collins, who had been nominated by Deila as his potential successor, said “it’s only right” that he leaves the club he served with such distinction as a player at the same time as the Norwegian.
“Situation with me is I’ll be going as well,” Collins said, as quoted by the official Celtic Twitter account. “I came with Ronny so it’s only right I leave with him.
“A new manager will come in and bring his own staff with him.”
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JC on future at Celtic: “Situation with me is I’ll be going as well. I came with Ronny so it’s only right I leave with him.”
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 9, 2016
With the departure of Deila imminent and no word from the club on who might be the incoming manager, Collins’ future at Celtic had been thrown into doubt.
Celtic failed to give any indication of Collins’ fate along with the rest of the current Hoops’ back-room staff, and the Scot has decided to quit even though Deila said the club should seriously consider promoting his assistant to the top job.
“It’s disappointing to leave but a lot of people would be delighted to have what I’ve had,” Collins said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account. “I’ve played for the team and got two league titles as part of management.
“I’ll go on some summer holidays, get some sunshine and then we’ll see.”
Collins, 48, spent six years at Celtic from 1990 to 1996 during an illustrious playing career before joining the club’s coaching staff in 2014 as Deila’s number two. He has managed Hibernian and Charleroi.
Celtic landed their fifth consecutive title on Sunday.
In other Celtic news, there is a new frontrunner for the Hoops job.