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Celtic coach makes big claim about opponents. Delia backs him up

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John Collins has recently been in the firing line for the press after apparently launching a scathing attack on the quality of opposition in the SPFL.

Collins, in one particular report, claimed he felt the lesser teams in Scotland didn't have clever players or quick thinkers.

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Ronny Delia, in an interview with BBC Sport has come out to defend his right hand man over the criticism he has received, claiming that it was taken out of context and John Collins is nowhere near the label of 'disrespectful' that some of the opposition coaches are branding him with.

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Delia has guided his Celtic side to two league victories in-between tricky Champions League qualifiers, with The Hoops looking relatively untested in their first two opening games. However, after rival managers across the league came out to criticise Collin's comments, Delia jumped to the Scot's defence.

"I think everybody agrees - sometimes you meet opponents who are better than what you meet in Scotland,"

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Rival resistance

A few managers have realised Collins may have been misinterpreted by the media and Cally Thistle boss John Hughes agrees with the assistant's statements, however Derek McInnes, manager at Aberdeen had a difference of opinion after his side ran the champions close in the SPFL last season.

"I think it's very disparaging. It's a poor comment. Whether he thinks that or not, I think it's disrespectful to the rest of the league to say that."

Leigh Griffiths, Celtic's number one striker at the moment, also came out to give his opinion on Collin's statements and while others have backed his frank approach and felt his words may have been twisted, the frontman claimed that Collins may have been in the wrong.

"I read this morning that Derek McInnes has hit back a bit and rightly so because, whenever we play a Scottish Premiership team, we show the utmost respect to them."

Collins is yet to make a statement about what has been said and it appears that his message may have been lost in the media circus, as Ronny Delia suggested.

That being said it has certainly ruffled a few feathers in the top flight of Scottish football and although few can argue that Celtic are comfortable favourites for the majority of their games each and every side will be fired up to go out and cause an upset against the champions.

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