Collins signed for Celtic in 1990, becoming their first million pound player. He generally played on the left side of midfield, scoring 47 goals in 217 appearances. He is unfortunate to have played in one of Celtic's most barren spells and won only one trophy, the 1995 Scottish Cup.
Collins moved to AS Monaco in the summer of 1996 on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling. Celtic, under the direction of Fergus McCann, attempted to obtain compensation for the loss of Collins. McCann argued that the Bosman ruling did not apply to this case because AS Monaco are based in the principality of Monaco and are outside of European Union jurisdiction.
Collins won the French championship in 1997 with Monaco, who then reached the semi-final of the 1998 UEFA Champions League, defeating Manchester United in the quarter-final. Collins returned to the UK in the summer of 1998 by moving to Everton, before ending his playing career with Fulham.
Collins won 58 caps and scored 12 goals for Scotland. He played for his country at Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup. He scored in the opening match of that World Cup, with a penalty kick against Brazil. Collins retired from international football after the aggregate defeat in the Euro 2000 playoff by England in November 1999.
|1||February 17 1988||King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh||2-1||2-2||Friendly|
|2||March 27 1991||Hampden Park, Glasgow||1-0||1-1||ECQG2|
|3||May 19 1993||Kadriorg Staadion, Tallinn||2-0||3-0||WCQG1|
|4||September 8 1993||Pittodrie, Aberdeen||1-0||1-1||WCQG1|
|5||September 7 1994||Olympic Stadion, Helsinki||2-0||2-0||ECQG8|
|6||October 12 1994||Hampden Park, Glasgow||3-0||5-1||ECQG8|
|7||October 12 1994||Hampden Park, Glasgow||5-0||5-1||ECQG8|
|8||April 26 1995||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||1-0||2-0||ECQG8|
|9||October 5 1996||Stadionas Daugava, Riga||1-0||2-0||WCQG4|
|10||May 23 1998||Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey||1-1||2-2||Friendly|
|11||June 10 1998||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||1-1||1-2||WCGA|
|12||October 5 1999||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow||1-0||1-0||ECQG9|
On October 31, 2006 he was named as manager of Hibernian. Collins led Hibernian to their first piece of silverware in 16 years when they defeated Kilmarnock 5–1 in the Scottish League Cup Final on March 18, 2007.
Despite the League Cup victory, Collins had a major bust-up with his players later in the same season. The players strongly criticised the manager for frequently changing the team and formation. It was claimed that almost all of the first team players attended a meeting with chairman Rod Petrie in the hope of removing Collins. However, the chairman refused to yield to this pressure and gave Collins his full support. Hibs finished the season in 6th place in the Scottish Premier League.
On December 20, 2007, Collins resigned from Hibernian with immediate effect, having been recently linked to the vacant Scotland national team manager job. Hibs' board of directors and their fans were angered that Collins' decision was taken just one day after announcing his delight at the opening of the club's new training facilities. Collins had also said in October 2007 that "I never broke a contract during my playing career and I've no intention of doing so now.
The sacking of Lawrie Sanchez by English Premier League side Fulham on December 21 2007 led some to believe that Collins was being earmarked for the Fulham job. On December 28 2007, however, it was announced that Roy Hodgson had been appointed manager of Fulham. More recently John has been linked with the vacancy at West Ham United after the departure of Alan Curbishley. He was formally interviewed for the job but did not make it through to the final round of interviews.
|Hibernian||October 31 2006||December 20 2007||54||23||16||15||42.59|