Collins it a day

Celtic assistant head coach, John Collins confirmed his departure from the club on Monday. He will follow Ronny Deila after the league is wrapped up this weekend.

Deila appointed Collins as his assistant eleven days after he arrived at the club himself. Ronny has always maintained that the ex-Celtic player was his choice, but elsewhere within the Celtic community it has been stated that he got to choose from a list of candidates collated by the club.

Personally, I don’t think that is too much of an issue given that this has happened in the past at the club. He may have wanted to bring in his own back room team but given their was an element of risk in appointing Deila, the club were most likely protecting their investment by bringing in a “Celtic man” to keep in on track.

I’m not saying that this was the perfect blend but at the time this is how I saw the move. It isn’t as though Ronny knew Collins before then.

When Wim Jansen came to Celtic in 1997, Murdo Macleod was appointed assistant coach. I’m sure neither of those knew each other and a similar situation occurred back then just like it did in 2014.

In terms of a working relationship, I have absolutely no idea of the dynamics of the outgoing Celtic coaching team. Collins leaving will not be a disappointment to anyone particularly as his role was virtually anonymous.

You rarely saw a peep out of the ex-Celt which is surprising given his previous managerial experience and distinguishable playing carer. In fact I would probably say that John Kennedy was more prominent on match days.

With two-thirds of the coaching team now set to depart, a question mark remains over Kennedy. Unless he has other options, Celtic may retain his services elsewhere within the club’s structure.

After a long road to recovery in his playing career, Kennedy finally retired at the age of 26. His playing days were ruined five years earlier in his only international appearance for Scotland.

Despite long spells on the side lines and numerous operations he was never the same player when he did return for a very short period. Kennedy eventually returned to Celtic as a scout and later became involved in coaching.

Having being promoted to first team coach under Deila, just as the Norwegian had himself at Strømsgodset, Kennedy completed the coaching trio. Celtic have been very supportive to Kennedy and they may continue that, but I don’t see the 32 year old being part of a new coaching set up.

If kept on he will no doubt take a step back into scouting or coaching younger players. I have no doubts that he can still provide a service to the club.

So with the coaching landscape getting a white wash, we can expect a fresh approach. None of us would argue that, that is what we are all hoping for.

A new manager will most likely want to bring in his own staff. With that in mind, I think Celtic will be aiming to appoint someone with club knowledge and better experience.

Not necessarily an ex-player as such, but someone who knows what Celtic is all about. Perhaps a man with Celtic in his heart or knows what to expect from a big club.

Celtic must aim high this time. Not because of domestic matters, but because expectations are so great regardless of competition.

As I said in my last blog, Europe is so important for this club financially. The fans need the Champions League just as much as the accounts do as well.

Celtic can win the title even when they are not at their best such is the gulf in finance. The club must go beyond that though and get back into the group stages of the Champions League.

For that to happen you can forget 99% of the rumours. If Celtic have read the script correctly, we should not be disappointed by the next manager.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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