Celtic's Christopher Jullien can take advantage of Rangers' frailties

By John Reid

December 6, 2019

Anyone connected with Celtic that witnessed Rangers’ second-half performance against Aberdeen on Wednesday will have been encouraged with that they watched.

The Rangers defence failed to cope with a number of Aberdeen’s set-pieces and crosses into the penalty box during the 2-2 draw. Indeed, Aberdeen’s equaliser in the game came from Rangers’ inability to deal with a throw-in, then a cross into the box.

Later on in the second-half, Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove missed an absolute sitter when presented with a free header from a corner.

With Celtic taking on Rangers in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final, the Hoops will be hoping to take advantage of any similar defensive lapses.

Regularly wins headers in opposition penalty box

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One Celtic player who looks capable of doing that is centre-back Christopher Jullien. The Hoops colossus regularly wins headers in the opponents penalty box from set-pieces. Indeed, he perhaps should have scored more than the two goals he has score since joining the Hoops.

However, he could well get a chance to add to that goal tally at Hampden Park on Sunday. There is little doubt that he will win at least one header in the Rangers penalty box at some stage of the game.

Crossing has to be excellent

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Hopefully that leads to a goal. Even if it doesn’t, it could lead to an assist for a Celtic goal. For Celtic to take advantage of Rangers’ set-piece issues, the Hoops’ crossing must be at its best.

It will be interesting to see who takes the set-pieces, Callum McGregor is usually the man, although Ryan Christie has also done so in the past. It was Christie who took the corner that led to Jullien’s winning goal against Lazio.

Celtic must look to exploit every advantage they can to ensure that the Betfred Cup remains at Celtic Park for the fourth season in a row. Set-pieces certainly look like one way that can happen, and Jullien might well be the man to take advantage.