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John Collins: Celtic cannot sign Premier League players

John Collins says that Celtic simply cannot sign Premier League players.

Departing Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told the Glasgow Evening Times that there is no way that the Bhoys can sign players from the Premier League anymore.

Celtic’s recruitment strategy has been criticised in recent times, but Collins does not believe that whoever takes over at Parkhead will fare any better unless they are backed with more funds.

The former Scotland international feels that Celtic can no longer compete with clubs south of the border, due to the financial constraints they are under.

“Martin O’Neill was signing English Premier League players – Celtic will never be able to sign an English Premier League player. They can’t compete on salaries. That’s a fact,” Collins admitted.

“It will stay that way unless the club breaks the wage structure by four or five times the current rate.

“We are shopping in different places.

“They [the new manager] will know what they're coming to. They won't need me to tell them about Celtic, how big the club is, how big the demands are, the expectations, the financial resources.

“The new manager will know but you never know the club might offer more.”

Collins is set to leave Celtic at the same time as Ronny Deila, as the Bhoys look to restructure their management team.

Collins and Deila enjoyed respectable domestic success during their time at Celtic, and they delivered two Scottish Premiership titles.

However, the Glasgow side’s failure to compete in Europe was a frustration and ultimately was one of the key reasons behind Deila losing his job.

As things stand, amongst bookies’ favourites to take over at Celtic are David Moyes and Neil Lennon.

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