Burns: Celtic Ethos Key to Collins Winning with Style

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Byline: FRASER MACKIE

TOMMY BURNS believes that being a Celtic old boy has helped John Collinsmaintain Hibernian's reputation as one of the most entertaining sides in theScottish Premier League.

The Celtic assistant coach has watched with interest since his formermidfielder took charge of the Easter Road club last November and guided them toCIS Cup success.

Collins, along with Falkirk manager John Hughes, are two of the former Celticplayers now managing in the SPL and Burns claims it is no coincidence thatthose sides are the most pleasing on the eye to football purists.

Burns said: 'Falkirk have surprised me with the quality of their play andconfidence. The manner in which they played against us was quite remarkable,really. I don't think John Hughes got the credit he deserved from getting ateam to play that way.

'Hibs have a sort of similar philosophy and style, which is great for the gamebecause I think that's the way it should be played.

'They're both old boys of mine and playing here for Celtic will have rubbed offon them, rather than anything they got from me.

'Playing here and the demands that are put on them by supporters also help. …