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FOOTBALL: Majorca not for John who prefers Gala day.

Byline: DAVID RINALDI

JOHN COLLINS is ready to pass up four days on a sun-kissed Spanish beech in favour of a game in Galashiels.

The former Scotland skipper has turned down the chance to make his beach soccer debut for Monaco in Majorca and will lead out an All Star team at Netherdale instead.

Collins will take charge of a side containing former Hibs and Celtic

team-mates when they take on Gala Rovers.

The charity game marks the launch of a book - From Mossilee to the San Siro: A History of Gala Rovers, by Cubbs Turnbull - in which Collins penned the foreword.

And the midfielder, who won 53 caps, can't wait to take on a side his brothers Neil and Norrie once played for.

Collins, who now lives in the French principality, said: 'Monaco play in Majorca next week but I'm a man of my word and the Gala invite came first.

'I think it's about 15 years since I last played at Netherdale so I'm looking forward to it.

'Gala Rovers are a well run amateur club and it's great the history of the club has been put down on paper.'

Former Hibee Paul Kane is organising the All Star XI with Tosh McKinlay, Tom Boyd and Mickey Weir just three names rumoured to be taking part.

Collins should get the chance to make his beach soccer debut in October when Monaco host a tournament.

He added: 'Myself and some of the ex-Monaco players play on the local astro-turf pitches over there from time to time but I've never played on sand before so it should be fun.' Book author Turnbull is delighted Collins has agreed to take part.

He said: 'We're expecting a good game and John's involvement raises the profile of the book and the night.

'John is one of the best players this country has ever produced. I hope a big crowd will come along to see the game.'

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Date:Jul 28, 2004
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