John Collins suggests John Hughes could be a smart replacement for Ronny Deila

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John Collins has touted Inverness boss John Hughes for the Celtic job.

Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told The Scottish Sun that he can't believe John Hughes hasn't been linked with the Bhoys job.

Celtic confirmed last month that manager Ronny Deila will be leaving this summer, and with the final game of the season out of the way, the search begins for a new manager.

A host of names have been touted for the role, including ex-Celtic players like David Moyes, Roy Keane, Malky Mackay and Neil Lennon, with the Bhoys searching for a manager who can give Celtic some European success once again.

Now though, Deila's assistant John Collins - who has also left Celtic Park - has offered a shock suggestions for the job this afternoon.

Collins has told The Scottish Sun that he can't understand why Inverness manager John Collins hasn't been mentioned for the job, having impressed with Caley Thistle.

Hughes, 51, made over 30 appearances for Celtic as a player, and has won over 40% of his games as Inverness boss whilst also winning the Scottish Cup last season.

Collins suggested that Hughes makes players and teams better, as well as bring an attractive brand of football, and believes he should be right in contention for the Celtic job this summer, despite nobody talking about him so far.

"The first thing I will say is John Hughes has done an unbelievable job at Inverness," said Collins. "Do you make players better? Do you make teams better? Do you play a brand of football that is entertaining? John Hughes ticks all those boxes."

"He took on a team that was a long ball team, played no football and he very quickly moulded them into a total football team. They got to the League Cup final in his first season and lost on penalty kicks against Aberdeen. In the second season they beat Celtic in the semi-final and won the Scottish Cup.

"On top of that he has sold players and made players better. How his name hasn't been mentioned for the Celtic job I don't know. What he has done with average players, no support, no training ground, no sports science, no video analysis is incredible," he added.

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