Celtic defender Christopher Jullien impresses with debut dominance
Celtic fans were certainly impressed by Christopher Jullien’s debut last night.
The Hoops overwhelmed Nomme Kalju once again in Estonia, claiming a 2-0 success against their European foes. Celtic now progress to the third qualifying round of the Champions League, as their bid to make the group stages remains on track.
With several changes made last night, of course, there were many subplots. By far the greatest, however, was how Jullien would do in his first competitive outing. He did manage over an hour against Rennes in a friendly over two weeks ago, but it’s no substitute for real, competitive action.
But it’s fair to say the fans were once again impressed by their expensive Frenchman. Reacting to his display on social media, here’s a look at the views of some in our support.
Big Jullien looks like a Rolls Royce of a player.
— Chris Q (@chris91q) July 30, 2019
Job done bhoys! Even taking into account our opponents, big Jullien looks like a top signing. Boli was energetic altho has yet to be tested defensively. Shved = belter. Cluj will be a massive step up. Hope Lawwell/PLC back Lenny with the funds for a #1 RB & 2-3 others. #COYBIG 🍀
— Michael McDonald (@Mikey_Bhoy_1993) July 30, 2019
Good professional performance from @CelticFC there. Jullien steady and assured. Boli great energy and Morgan showed well again. 🍀👍
— Tommy Cummings (@TommyCummings67) July 30, 2019
Jullien will score goals for us this season
— Stand up for Celtic (@StandForCeltic) July 30, 2019
Jullien looks good in the air but can tell he's needing more game time.
— Bolingoli of parkhead🍀 (@Princeofparkhea) July 30, 2019
Ntcham, Schved, Boli and Jullien all quality!
— Big John (@Hunbelievables) July 30, 2019
Christopher Jullien’s debut was a dipping of toes into water
It’s difficult to go over the top with Jullien’s display. But at the end of the day, you can only judge him on how he performs on the night, regardless of the opposition. And, in fairness to the big man, he was a picture of composure last night.
His passing was generally on point, and he showed real confidence with some diagonal switches. In terms of keeping possession, you seriously can’t fault him. Jullien found his man consistently, and didn’t make a single mistake on the night.
Of course, defensively, he was rarely tested. The big man had a few headers to deal with as well as the occasional awkward ball. But there was nothing to be concerned about, as he dealt with everything with minimal fuss.
That’s all we could’ve asked for last night. For Jullien, the game was all about strutting his stuff and showing that he could be trusted on the ball and to not make silly errors. It’s early days, but he showed up well against Kalju.
Unfortunately, we won’t see him on Saturday. He’s suspended for the visit of St Johnstone at Celtic Park, and that’s a real shame too. It’s the kind of contest that he could’ve slotted into easily and continued to build his momentum.
At this point, it could be as long as nearly two weeks until we see him again. Lennon may not want to rock the boat for the trip to Cluj next week. It’s all up in the air, but for tonight at least, Jullien showed some real positive attributes in an impressive debut.