CELTIC manager Tommy Burns could face a Scottish Football Association rap for his blistering attack on Blackburn Rovers target Billy McKinlay.

Angry Burns branded McKinlay "ignorant" for turning down a massive 4-year-deal with the Bhoys at the weekend.

The transfer from Dundee United would have made the Scotland international Parkhead's highest paid player.

Instead McKinlay chose to open negotiations with Rovers and is now poised to arrive at Ewood Park in a £1.75 million deal before the weekend.

But Burns, in charge of Scotland's B squad in Sweden tonight, could face a hefty fine or even a ban if the SFA decide to act over his comments.

The Celtic manager said: "He turned it down and that's the end of it. It's ignorant of McKinlay to turn down a chance to join a club like this."

An SFA spokesman said: "The association refers any comments like these to its general purpose committee." Meanwhile, Rovers' reported interest in Celtic's international midfielder John Collins appears to have cooled with Celtic demanding a massive £3.5 million.

Collins has been linked with Chelsea, Middlesbrough and most recently Arsenal.

But Gunners Bruce Rioch recated angrily to speculation in Scotland and has denied any bid for the 27-year-old.

Rioch said: "I want to make it clear Arsenal have not made a bid for John Collins - and we won't be either.

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