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John Collins defends Celtic's European tactics

Celtic look set to exit the Europa League at the group stage.

John Collins has offered an insight into his long-term vision for Celtic’s tactics in the Glasgow Evening Times, after the team were criticised for their poor European form.

The Bhoys have dropped out of the Champions League at the qualification stage for two seasons running, and their Europa League results this term have been worrying.

Celtic are yet to win in their Europa League group, and they were beaten 2-1 by Molde in their latest outing, which led to some supporters starting to put pressure on manager Ronny Deila.

However, Collins has launched a fierce defence of Celtic’s tactics, stating that they will never be a team which plays on the back-foot.

"You can sit back and play 4-5-1, everybody back and not care about dominating possession, hope you scrape a result,” he said.

"Some people might want that, might think that’s the way forward. "But we don’t think that’s the way forward.

"We think the way forward is to try to play football, try to control the game, pass the ball through midfield and try to be creative.

"The risk that comes with that is you get caught and the opposition score goals against you.”

Celtic started their Europa League campaign very well, picking up a draw away to Ajax, before going 2-0 up against Fenerbahce.

However, since the Turkish side came back to claim a point at Parkhead, things have all gone wrong for Deila’s men.

Molde have managed to beat them twice, and it means that they look set to exit at the group-stage, leaving an ill-feeling around Celtic.

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