Leith Boss Argues Gordon's Bhoys Are Stronger Than Ever
Byline: JAMES MELVILLE
JOHN COLLINS last night insisted Celtic are a better side this term thanthe one which swept all before them on the way to the SPL title last season -and he expects his former player Scott Brown to drive them on to anothertrophy-laden campaign.
The Easter Road outfit face the unenviable task of hosting the SPL leaderstoday, with the Parkhead outfit smarting from Tuesday's 2-0 Champions Leagueaway defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Brown will be more eager than most to help return the Parkhead men to winningways as he makes his first appearance back at his former stomping ground sincehis [pounds sterling]4.4million summer move.
Hibs boss Collins,left,has watched the 22-year-old bring a new dimension to thechampions' play and feels his Celtic counterpart Gordon Strachan has nowassembled a superb squad.
'In my opinion,they're a better team than last year, as Gordon has made someterrific signings,' he said.
'OK,Celtic played against a quality European team in midweek. In the first 20minutes,it was Barcelona-standard they were playing against.
'They started poorly but settled down and finished strongly. …