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Thursday 21 August 2014

Deila: Brown's spat with Collins is in the past

Ronnie Esplin

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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John Collins has been appointed as assistant to new Celtic boss Ronny Deila. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
John Collins has been appointed as assistant to new Celtic boss Ronny Deila. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has played down the prospect of any possible friction between skipper Scott Brown and new assistant boss John Collins.

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Former Hoops and Scotland midfielder Collins was confirmed in the post on Tuesday, with youth coach John Kennedy also set to land a role with the first team.

While at Hibernian in 2007, Brown was in a dressing-room which agitated against boss Collins, with several players reported to have visited chief executive Rod Petrie to raise concerns about training methods and team selection, despite the ex-Monaco midfielder bringing the Scottish League Cup to Leith.

Deila said: "I talked with Scott about what I'm thinking of doing and we have agreed on everything. If they had something in the past, they are grown-up people and I know there is going to be no trouble.

"It is the same with John and me. We need strong personalities, we need many opinions and we have to handle them in a good way and then we will progress and produce good results for Celtic.

"Scott is a fantastic captain so, of course, he will be captain this season."

The former Stromsgodset boss, appointed Celtic manager this month following the departure of Neil Lennon, was keen to stress he had been behind, rather than simply rubber-stamped, the recruitment of Collins.

"It was, of course, my choice," he said. "We had a lot of options. I am very pleased to get him here."

Irish Independent

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