FORMER Hibs and Celtic ace John Collins has revealed his bold prediction for Sunday's Premier Sports Cup final.

Collins, who spent time at Celtic as a player and assistant and played for and managed Hibs, reckons all the pressure is on Ange Postecoglou's side.

But he's backing Celtic to rise to the occasion and defeat Hibs who will be led by caretaker boss David Gray at Hampden.

Collins has predicted a 3-1 victory for Celtic in the showpiece final.

Speaking to William Hill he explained: “I think Celtic will win on Sunday and score three goals. I’ll go 3-1. If Kyogo (Furuhashi) is on the pitch he’ll score.

"(David) Turnbull and (Tom) Rogic won’t be far away from the scoresheet as well.

"That’s the challenge for Hibs, to stop those players in the final third. Hibs will need a top-class performance from all of their players.”

And while Collins has backed Celtic to lift the trophy, he urged Hibs players to "be brave" in their quest for silverware.

He warned the first goal will be vital with Celtic unlikely to give up a lead in the final if they go ahead.

He continued: “I believe they will go into the cup final with no pressure. Nobody expects Hibs to win it, except maybe the die-hard Hibs fans. The pressure is on Celtic, the expectation is on Celtic.

"As a Hibs player going into the final, they’ve got to go for it, be brave… If you get beat 1-0 or 5-0 it’s the same thing. Be brave, go and try and get that first goal and don’t be too cautious.

"To win the game, Hibs have got to score first. If Celtic score first, it’s very unlikely Hibs will come back and win the game. Celtic just tend not to lose when they go in front.”