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‘BELT UP, BIG MOUTH,’ COLLINS TELLS LAFFERTY

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FORMER Celtic assistant boss John Collins has some advice for Hearts big mouth Kyle Lafferty: “Belt up!”

The ex-Sevco Rangers attacker was booked by referee Kevin Clancy after a series of fouls and for mouthing off in his side’s 4-1 hammering against the Hoops at Parkhead.

And the Northern Ireland international came dangerously close to testing the patience of the match official until caretaker gaffer Jon Daly took him off with 19 minutes to go shortly after an incident with Kieran Tierney.

Collins said: “As a manager, you want to see your striker mobile, going into challenges and being aggressive.

“But what you don’t want to see is constant moaning and shouting at referees.

“It does nobody any good. He got his yellow card and he continued mouthing off at the match official.

“When you do that, there is the risk of a red card.

“I’m sure his manager would have told him at half-time to keep his mouth shut and concentrate on playing football.

“Without discipline, you have got nothing on a football pitch.

“Of course, you’re playing against a good Celtic team who are knocking the ball about and it’s tough for a striker up there on his own.

“But he has to stay calm and focused and try to keep his mouth shut – certainly to referees.”

Collins was impressed with the display from his old team and added: “They scored four goals and it could easily have been seven or eight.

“It was total domination from them from start to finish.

“I think they have got another gear which must be a frightening prospect for the opposition.

“It will be difficult to stop this Celtic team because they have so many qualities and score goals from positions all over the pitch.”

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