RONNY DEILA believes John Collins’ comments about the standard of Scottish football have been misconstrued.
Quotes appeared in several newspapers about his assistant manager’s thoughts on the difference between competition in Scotland and Europe.

Deila said: “This is, again, a media thing. You take it totally out of context.“Everybody agrees that you meet opponents sometimes in Europe that are better than what you meet in Scotland. That’s because we play Champions League, so that’s a very obvious thing.“You get tested harder than you do in your domestic league and that’s not only in Scotland, but in Norway or Sweden or wherever it is.”It’s much tougher to play there than in your domestic league, so it’s something I support, but it’s nothing to be disrespectful for other teams.

“It’s just stupid and it’s a media world that is creating something that’s not true. I’m used to it. It’s a circus so you have to play the circus. For me, it’s not a problem.

“John knows what football is, what quality is and what’s best for Scottish football. He knows international football and he can talk about it. He’s played the semi-final of the Champions League so he knows what quality is.

“If there’s something John Collins is, it’s respectful, so I really support him and again this is not a big thing. It’s the same for Aberdeen. When they go out they meet teams that are tougher to meet than domestically.

“I also saw in the newspaper that they (Aberdeen) were feeling that they got tested harder so it’s a normal thing.”

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