Middlesbrough have been chasing Collins for some time, but Blackburn are thought to be ready to offer a price closer to Celtic's valuation. Stuart Ripley could be included as the makeweight in a pounds 3m deal for Collins, who spent Saturday afternoon playing for Celtic reserves while the first team were beating Hearts 4-0 to move to the top of the Premier Division.
Collins created a furore at Celtic with comments on television suggesting he was neither appreciated nor wanted at the club - remarks which led to his demotion to the second team. He might be recalled for the European Cup-Winners' Cup tie against Dynamo Batumi on Thursday but his eventual move has been accelerated.
Rangers are also ready to sell one of their top players. The 33-year- old Mark Hateley will today transfer his talents to London by joining Queen's Park Rangers as player-assistant manager in a pounds 1m deal.
Borussia Dortmund are at Ibrox on Wednesday in the Champions' League and Rangers are struggling in defence. Richard Gough limped away from the stadium after the 1-0 defeat by Hibernian, Alan McLaren is suspended and David Robertson is injured.Reuse content