By Alex McLeish

10th Mar, 2021 | 8:00pm

McLeish: Collins would bring some excellent players to Celtic after return confession

John Collins could help Celtic recruit some very technically gifted players if appointed as the director of football, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lauded the 53-year-old for his knowledge and for advocating a ground-based style of play as a coach.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’ Sportsound (March 8, 18:00), Collins threw his hat into the ring for the director of football post at Parkhead.

The Hoops could have a major shakeup behind the scenes, led by Peter Lawwell’s departure.

As revealed by Football Insiderhead of football operations Nicky Hammond looks set to leave his post, as does recruitment chief Gary Penrice.

Collins played over 200 games for Celtic and also spent two years as Ronny Deila’s assistant manager.

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McLeish insisted the ex-Bhoy would know exactly what the club need both footballing and mentality-wise.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: John Collins is a very knowledgeable guy. He has been a pretty decent pundit over the years, but also a good coach from the point of view of wanting to play the game on the ground and passing it.

“John was an advocate of that many, many years ago, before British clubs had taken it from the continent. John, he’ll know by knowledge and his eyesight when he sees a footballer who can play.

“To that end, there’s possibly a job for guys like John and all his knowledge of the game. Also, his knowledge of a very good footballer.

“It’s not only about a guy who can pass the ball. It’s also about a guy who’s got heart. People who are going to fight for the entire 90 minutes every single game.”

Collins told BBC Sportsound: “I believe I’ve got the skill set. Of course it would be of interest to me.

“Celtic’s played a big part of my life. I know there’s a lot of experienced people in for the job.”

In other news, a top pundit claims John Kennedy doesn’t stand a chance of being named permanent Celtic manager.