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  • Collins looking for Ajax boost against Dundee

    Collins looking for Ajax boost against Dundee

    By: Joe Sullivan on 19 Sep, 2015 09:31

  • CELTIC’S trip to Amsterdam in midweek may not have been as far-flung as some recent Euro jaunts but the players still have to rest and recuperate before this Sunday’s SPFL encounter with Paul Harley’s Dundee back home in Glasgow.

    The 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Amsterdam ArenA produced plenty of football but Hoops assistant manager, John Collins is sure there won’t be too many tired legs when Scott Brown leads the Celts back into battle on Sunday.

    He said: “We proved it last season that we coped very well with both tournaments – Thursdays and Sundays. The secret is getting rest in between the matches and plenty of sleep as well.

    “I was very happy, very pleased against Ajax and I thought we bounced back well. There was terrific spirit and organisation, and defensively we got the balance right, when to drop off, stay compact.

    “As the game went on I thought we grew into the match and our passing got better and we created chances away from home.

    “I think that result does wonders for us. It was a good performance and a good result and that’s what it’s all about, that’s what brings back the confidence.

    “We saw that in Amsterdam as the game went on, the confidence coming back into the players and there were a lot of very good performances against a very good team.”

    Among those good performances was that of Kris Commons and the midfielder will be in contention for a game against the Dens Park side.

    Collins said: “Kris came in and was terrific, both without the ball defensively and in his work-rate. He did his defensive duties very well, which is important for him and important for the team.

    “But again, there was the magic in and around the opponents’ box, he came up with the goods and it was an excellent pass for the first goal, while his deliveries at set-pieces scored 10 out of 10 – he was a big performer for us.

    “Looking at the game you could see he was 100 per cent fit, he’s looking sharp, he put a lot into the game and came off with 15 minutes to go, but he’s looking sharp and creative.

    “In and around the opponents’ box there is nobody more dangerous in Scottish football. He can shoot with both feet and he can play the killer passes.”

    Tickets are available to buy now for the game against Dundee on Sunday, priced from £26 for adults, from £17 for concessions and from £10 for under 13s and can be purchased ONLINE*, by calling 0871 226 1888* or in person at the Ticket Office.

    *Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply online and via booking line.

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