Ex-Celtic star critical of lack of Scottish players in team

Former Celtic midfielder John Collins believes the current team needs Scottish leadership.

Former Celtic midfielder John Collins believes the current team needs Scottish leadership.

The captaincy passed to Dutchman Glenn Loovens for Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock, where new signing Robbie Keane made his debut in attack.

Celtic had no Scotland-eligible players in their starting line-up, and Collins said on BBC Radio Five Live: "As a manager and a supporter you would always want the spine of your team, your key players, to be local lads and to come through the system. That's the ideal scenario."

He added: "Celtic fans love nothing better than to have a local hero but at the same time they love a superstar foreign player, ie Henrik Larsson.

"I'm sure they're working behind the scenes looking for the next young Scottish player that's going to lead the team.

"That is what they're missing: a real leader on the park to galvanise the team and drive them forward."

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