DONS boss Derek McInnes today hit back at Celtic coach John Collins for “showing a lack of respect” for Scottish football.
McInnes blasted Celtic assistant manager Collins for blaming a lack of competition in the Premiership for hindering the Hoops’ hopes of succeeding in Europe.
Collins claimed Scottish players are “not clever enough or quick enough” to test them and claimed that meant they were less prepared for the tougher challenges in European games.
McInnes described the slating from the Celtic No.2 as “a real slap in the face for Scottish football.”
The Aberdeen boss said: “It’s very disparaging and disrespectful to say what he’s said.
“He’s got a lot to say for an assistant manager, to be honest.
“It’s a poor comment to make, whether it was taken out of context or whether he thinks that or not. It’s really disrespectful to the league and disappointing.
“He’s entitled to his opinion if he thinks that. “But, you know, if it was that easy they would be winning the treble every year.
“They don’t because there is still a level of competition there that can test them.
“What he’s said is a real slap in the face to the rest of the league.
“It’s not what you want to hear.”