Celtic defender Christopher Jullien praises AIK Stockholm's menatality

By Connor Gordon

August 30, 2019

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has called last night’s rival AIK Stockholm a ‘good opponent’.

The triumphant Frenchman spoke to Swedish press after the Europa League play-off.

Jullien was in contact with former teammate and Swede Jimmy Durmaz about the ‘very nice’ Friends Arena.

However, the former Toulouse man maintains that he is not privy to any tips on AIK.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien talks up AIK

The towering centre-back scored his first goal for Celtic in the trouncing of the Swedish champions.

Celtic players celebrating the third goal from Christopher Jullien. (Photo by JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images)

The match ended 1-4 but Jullien will remember the match for notching the third. His outstretched toe did enough to take it past the goalkeeper from a few yards out.

Celtic now go into the pot for the Europa League group stages.

Nevertheless, Jullien did have good things to say about last night’s opponents despite the massive victory.

He told Fotballskanalen: “It was good. They had a different mentality compared to the first match.

“They pushed higher, had a good attitude to continue fighting and did not stop attacking at 2-1. It was a good opponent.”

AIK started strong but the wind was taken out their sails with James Forrest’s opener.

James Forrest gets the congrats from his team mates after the opener. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

They returned parity but Mikey Johnston put the Bhoys back in front immediately.

Even four goals down, the AIK supporters didn’t stop backing their team to the bitter end.

Celtic defender admires Sweden

The 26-year-old also praised the country and the city as well as the fans.

His former teammate at Toulouse, Durmaz, plays his national games at the Friends arena.

Jullien says he keeps him up to date by text message about the Hoops’ visit to Stockholm’s stadium.

He said: “I sent a text message to him about the stadium and what it is like to be in the city because I know he knows the city. It was good here.”

Celtic go from the Friends Arena to the Unfriendly Arena in Glasgow (Photo by: Ben Radford/Allsport)

However focus turns to Sunday when there will be no ‘Friends Arena’ at Ibrox. The big defender will need to be on the ball for arguably the most intense derby for years.

Hopefully the Swedish result will spur Jullien and co on to victory and be the massive shot in the arm to go for the title.