Celtic defender Christopher Jullien impresses with debut dominance

By David Walton

July 31, 2019

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.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic eased to success against Nomme Kalju last night yet again (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

Jullien proved he can be trusted in possession against Nomme Kalju (Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

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.

Jullien proved last night that he’ll be a goal threat too (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

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.