Coach leaving with Deila

Collins: Celtic cannot compete for top stars

John CollinsCeltic assistant manager John Collins is leaving the club along with coach Ronny Deila and said the club will no longer be bidding to buy the top players.

Collins announced his departure at a media conference after the club secured a fifth Premiership title in a row with a 3-2 victory over nearest rivals Aberdeen.

He said: “The situation with me is I’ll be going as well. 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.

“It’s disappointing to leave but a lot of people would be delighted to have what I’ve had. I’ve played for the team and got two league titles as part of management.”

In a comment appearing to express some frustration over the club’s ambitions, he said Celtic cannot compete with the top clubs for the game’s stars unless the wage structure is smashed by “four or five times.”

He said a new manager would be made aware of those restrictions, despite fans’ demands to compete in the Champions League.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s the financial reality and a lot of people forget that we have restraints on salary and fees.

“It will stay that way unless the club breaks the wage structure by four or five times the current rate.”

Collins managed Hibernian and Charleroi, and been director of football at Livingston, before joining Celtic as an assistant in 2014.

On his future he said: “I will either be a director of football or a manager again. We will see what the future holds, but I am not against going abroad. I have gone abroad before as a manager and as a player.”

Among those linked to the Celtic position are former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and former Everton boss David Moyes.

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