Christopher Jullien wins over pundits after Celtic display vs Rangers

By John McGinley

September 1, 2019

BBC pundits Pat Bonner and Michael Stewart were both left hugely impressed by Celtic defender Christopher Jullien during today’s win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Winning the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes, it was the Hoops defence that won many of the plaudits from supporters for their committed display.

The entire unit performed admirably, with Jullien leading the way at the heart of it all.

Strong in the tackle and imperious in the air, the Frenchman showed exactly why Celtic shelled out a significant multi-million pound fee for him this summer.

BBC Scotland man Stewart was left very impressed, giving an instant reaction to the game on Twitter and describing the player as ‘immense’.

He wasn’t the only one using such words to wax lyrical about the summer arrival, with former Hoops goalkeeper Pat Bonner getting in on the action too, as a pundit on BBC Sportsound.

As quoted by BBC Scotland (01/09 live match page, 14:11), he said: “I thought Celtic handled the game very well. Rangers took the game to Celtic, but Celtic defended very well. I thought Jullien was immense and even contributed to the second goal.”

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

What next for Jullien?

The key to the Frenchman becoming a real fan favourite at the club is finding consistency in his performances over a period of weeks and months. It’s important to remember that it’s still very early in his Celtic career. He’s only started seven matches.

However, we know that these derby games can be defining moments in players’ Hoops careers.

The hope will be he can carry this confidence into excellent training throughout the international break and subsequently into big domestic and European matches on the horizon.

The 26-year-old has the attributes to be a success, if he can combine that with the mental fortitude it takes to be a winner at Celtic, we have a real gem on our hands.

So far, so good.