The Celtic assistant has been discussing his side's slow start to the season, echoing the exact thoughts of his manager.
And his comments very much agree with that of Celtic boss Ronny Deila. Indeed, the Norwegian recently spoke of the defining period of the Scottish champions' campaign, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
Deila's reference was to the start of the Bhoys' season, when things weren't quite coming together at Parkhead and double Champions League elimination had embarrassed the club.
Collins, meanwhile, was in full agreement. Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend's clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the Celtic assistant manager said it was far from smooth sailing at the beginning of the campaign, something time has healed.
JC: It was never going to be smooth sailing at start of the season. We knew that. Obviously we all hoped & dreamed it would go really well.— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 9, 2015
JC: But we were getting to know the players and they were getting to know us and it takes time to get things in place.— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 9, 2015
Previously, Deila has told reporters: "The first 2-3 months were like that. You know what the players want but you just haven't got the message across.
"People are insecure, and that's a hard time for the coach and the players. Now you can see, when they go on the pitch, they are confident they will win and know what's expected."
Now that Celtic are through the tunnel and enjoying the light on the other side, of course, both Collins and Deila are looking ahead to their Scottish Premiership fixture against Inverness, who they will later face in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
It's certainly a far cry from where the Bhoys were at the start of the campaign - but they'll need to be on their guard for standards to be maintained during the most crucial part of the season.