Celtic manager Ronny Deila has defended assistant John Collins, with comments covered in the Glasgow Evening Times.
Collins made very open and honest comments when he suggested that the Bhoys faced tougher competition in the Champions League, implying that the majority of Scottish teams couldn’t hurt the Scottish champions.
Deila has suggested that the matter has been blown out of all proportion, with there being common ground between managers in Scotland should they all sit down together and actually discuss the issue.
“It is such a stupid thing to discuss. If the coaches in Scotland sat down and discussed this, we would not argue. It would be over after a minute,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He is the most respectful guy I ever met in my life. His values are unbelievable. You have to be honest and tell it how it is to the fans and everyone else. That’s what newspapers are all about, to give information to the people.”
Pressure on Celtic
Regardless of whether Collins was right or wrong to make his comments about Scottish football, they have created a little bit of extra pressure for the club.
Celtic are now in a position where every side they come up against domestically, will be trying extra hard to beat them and leave them with egg on their face.
Deila has to find a way of ensuring that his team aren’t complacent in the face of the challenge, because it’s important the club defends their domestic success while tackling the Champions League group stage should they be fortunate enough to qualify.