Celtic latest: Neil Lennon provides Jullien injury update; explains Laxalt absence

By John McGinley

December 26, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed defender Christopher Jullien was not risked on today’s artificial surface away to Hamilton Academical because of an injury.

Jullien was a surprise omission from today’s match squad.

Diego Laxalt also dropped to the bench after starting the mid-week match against Ross County.

Lennon was on hand pre-match to provide an important update to BBC Radio Scotland (14:28).

He told the broadcaster: “It’s just a slight knee problem that he picked up in the cup final that’s been gnawing away at him over the last couple of days. On this surface, we didn’t want to take a chance with him. He should be okay for Dundee United.

“Greg’s technically used to these type of pitches, and he’s been playing well, as has Diego Laxalt, so it’s just a bit of rotation there.”

Good news for Celtic

Jullien is a likely starter at Ibrox against Rangers next week. Having him back for the match against Dundee United is obviously a positive update.

We’ll need him at his best to get a result against the league leaders.

Laxalt was pretty good on Wednesday, in my opinion. However, with Taylor also in fine form that’s a selection decision that makes some amount of sense.

Greg Taylor in action for Celtic against Hamilton / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a reasonably consistent eleven from the manager. He has chopped and changed his lineup so much this season.

If this team’s core can remain together, we should manage to find the series of results we need in the Scottish Premiership.

There’s still plenty of work to do against Hamilton today though, at the time of publishing.

In other news, Sutton has offered pretty scathing criticism of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.