Neil Lennon thinks Christopher Jullien will get better as the season goes on, commenting on the player’s performance against Kilmarnock this evening to BBC Radio Scotland (18:44).
Celtic had a difficult afternoon in Ayrshire, labouring to a 1-1 draw in the Scottish Premiership and dropping the first points of the season.
The travelling Bhoys did take the lead early on thanks to a Ryan Christie free-kick but were ultimately pegged back with a Chris Burke penalty.
It was Jullien who conceded the spot-kick, caught out by Nicke Kabamba and bringing the player down in the box after poor defending.
The Frenchman struggled to deal with the forward throughout the 90 minutes.
Reacting to the team performance after the match, Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland (18:44): “There were aspects of the game we could do better, particularly in the second half, we had all off the ball.
“We just lacked that finishing touch today, that final ball.
“We started the game alright. We’ve given away a poor goal from our point of view, it’s unnecessary.”
Questioned by reporter Chick Young on Jullien’s battle with Kabamba, Lennon went on to say live on air: “There’s a bit of rust there, there’s no question about that.
“Chris is always a slow burner to get going, he was the same this time last year. He will get better as the season goes on.
“Kakamba played well but I know what I’ve got with my players. We have to look forward”
Lennon is right to put the result and performance into perspective. There is loads of football left this season after all.
However, it was a worrying display and the manager will need to jolt any complacency and rust out of his players as the matches come thick and fast over the coming weeks.
Could a bit of defensive competition for Jullien, via the transfer market, do the trick?
The 2019 signing has been excellent for Celtic but even the best players need to be pushed.
Hopefully the club have irons in the fire on that front.