John Collins claims teams give Celtic too much respect

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Scott Brown of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox...

Celtic have become the first team in history to win back-to-back domestic trebles, and John Collins believes rivals showed them too much respect.

Tomas Rogic of Celtic celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with his Celtic team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium...

Celtic completed another domestic treble on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final.

Brendan Rodgers' men have written their names in the record books as a result, and they will be looking to successfully defend the three trophies again next season.

The Hoops remain the team to beat in Scotland, and former midfielder and assistant manager John Collins believes that the status quo will not change until teams stop showing them too much respect.

Celtic went unbeaten last campaign, but lost four games across all domestic games this term.

Scott Brown of Celtic lifts the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League trophy as Celtic take the title  during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on...

That did no damage to their ultimate invincibility, though, and Collins reckons other teams' failure to take the game to Celtic while at home has cost them.

“Teams have shown Celtic too much respect, especially on their home patches," the 50-year-old and former assistant to Ronny Deila told the Scottish Sun.

“You’d think when Celtic go away their back four would be put under pressure and teams would try to stretch them.

“But what’s happened a lot of the time is they’ve sat off them and been so scared of conceding that early goal that it’s just been a procession."

Celtic lost just once at home - a 1-0 defeat on the final day of the season to Aberdeen - while the 4-0 away defeat to Heart of Midlothian last December was the only time they were truly well beaten.

Kilmarnock and Hibernian secured narrow 1-0 and 2-1 wins respectively, and teams must capitalise on being hosts if they want to stop the Hoops from running away with the three prizes again next term.

The Celtic team celebrate with the Scottish Cup Trophy following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rodgers will no doubt look to further bolster his squad during the summer transfer window and, with the club's eyes set on 10-in-a-row having already won the last seven Scottish Premiership titles, beating Celtic could become much harder next term.

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