Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien has opened up on the quiet atmosphere around Lennoxtown this week.
The Hoops have managed to see over a full team head off on international duty for the next cycle of international fixtures. 13 Celtic players have been called up for their countries, with many looking to secure Euro 2020 qualification or build momentum for the playoffs in March.
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But there have also been some big-hitters left behind too. The likes of Jullien, Fraser Forster, and Scott Brown are only a few of the others who won’t be going away with international teams.
Speaking in the Evening Times, Jullien has touched on just how quiet things are at Celtic’s training facility.
“I was a little bit used to [staying at my club in the international break] before this year. After playing for the young team in France stopped, I knew the international break was a time to focus on myself and the things I need to work on.
“It’s really quiet in Lennoxtown with not many players around and I’m happy there are so many international players here.
“I have some more days off, but I’d love to cut those days off to become an international player.”
International success shows how impressive Celtic have been
Neil Lennon has gone for the same starting XI in three of our four Europa League matches. Only one change was made to bring in Jonny Hayes for Boli Bolingoli in Lazio due to the latter being sidelined with injury. Out of that regular starting XI, six are away on international duty.
From arguably our strongest team, only Forster, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Boli, Jullien, and Brown have stayed behind. Broony has retired from international football too. He would’ve been a cert for the Scotland squad had he still deemed himself available. As for Elhamed, only injury has kept him out of the Israel side.
Meanwhile, the likes of Nir Bitton, Lee O’Connor, Marian Shved, Tom Rogic, and Jeremie Frimpong are also away with their international teams.
It demonstrates just how successful Celtic have been this season. Their European exploits have clearly impressed.
Celtic have also helped boost the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Elhamed’s international careers. The former hasn’t played for his country since March. His renaissance at Parkhead has thrown him into international contention once again.
Meanwhile, before arriving at Parkhead, Elhamed had only made one appearance for Israel. Despite being left out of this squad due to injury, he’s still managed to make four more international outings since joining Celtic.
So there are some real international success stories at Parkhead this season. Hopefully, however, they all return with no injury knocks to speak of.