Neill Collins believes David Weir’s presence at Bramall Lane can serve to inspire even the most experienced members of Sheffield United’s squad, writes James Shield.
Weir, who was appointed as the League One club’s new manager last month, holds the record for being Scotland’s oldest ever international player and made his final appearance for Glasgow Rangers in the Champions League aged 41.
Predicting the former Heart of Midlothian and Everton stalwart will “lead by example,” Collins said: “The thing about David was that he just kept on getting better and better. Every single year he improved as a player and that is a lesson to us all.
“It just goes to show that you are never too old to learn new things and put the knowledge that you’ve got to good use.
“At the start of every season, towards the end of his career, everyone thought it would be his last and he just went out there and showed he was an even more effective centre-half than before.”
The United defender added: “He was the same position as me so I’ll be looking to pick up a few ideas. The longevity he had (as a player) was something else and so there’s another thing I’ll be trying to tap into.”
Weir’s team continue their preparations for next season when they visit Mansfield Town tomorrow. Lyle Taylor, signed from Falkirk on Wednesday, could make his United debut at Field Mill.
Collins, who was born in Troon and grew-up supporting Kilmarnock, said: “It’s strange how things work out because probably shouted all sorts at David whenever he played against Killie and then cheered him on for Scotland. I came up against him as a player too.
“It was the same with Morgs (Chris Morgan) because he was a team mate at first and took over when Danny (Wilson) left towards the end of last season.”