John Collins proves he is singing from the same hymnsheet as Deila

Celtic Football Club

The Celtic assistant has been discussing his side's slow start to the season, echoing the exact thoughts of his manager.

Celtic no.2 John Collins has been reflecting on his side's slow start to the season, according to the club's official Twitter feed.

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.

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.

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