Christopher Jullien’s performance last night had its ups and downs, but the big centre-back took to social media to respond to one particular piece of criticism.
The Frenchman was commanding at the back against St Johnstone in yesterday’s 3-0 win. He didn’t allow the likes of Michael O’Halloran and Callum Hendry to get in behind him and helped keep Fraser Forster’s goal well protected.
However, there were some dodgy passes from the former Toulouse man on the night. He often sent balls in between two other players, with occasional confusion regarding who it was meant for. There was also one occasion where he gave it away under little pressure in the second half.
In good-natured constructive criticism, one fan pointed it out to him. What he likely wasn’t expecting, however, was a reply from the Celtic man. Have a look below:
No more of those dodgy passes out of defence tho 🤪🤣
— Daz (@D14Bat) January 30, 2020
I see ya! But hey Nobody's perfect 😁👍🏾
— Chris Jullien.. (@Chri6ViF) January 30, 2020
Jullien performing well despite defensive reshuffle
You can hardly have too much of a pop at the big man – he’s been incredible this season. Arguably, he’s been Neil Lennon’s first-choice centre-back too, with 35 appearances to his name and even five goals (Transfermarkt).
Jullien’s distribution from the back at times is probably the only thing you can question him on. There are momentary lapses, but with such change constantly happening around him, he’s performed admirably in recent times.
He’s had to take part in both three and four-at-the-back systems, with rotation in recent weeks involving both Ajer and Jozo Simunovic. The one constant has been Jullien, and he’s continued to produce competent displays throughout.
What’s been most impressive in recent times has been his performance in physical battles. Jullien has yet to have anyone in Scotland bully him over the course of 90 minutes. His dominant display against St Johnstone was another example of him shadowing his centre-forward opponent and not letting him in the game. Hendry was anonymous.
It’s also nice to see Jullien actually admit to the faults he has in passing out from the back. It shows he’s aware, and that’s good for supporters to see him acknowledge it. He also takes it with good-natured spirit too, so all credit to him.
Here’s hoping those sloppy passes are soon eradicated more permanently from his game in the next few weeks. As he says, however – nobody’s perfect!