Celtic defender Christopher Jullien sends Twitter message after Hearts win

By David Walton

December 19, 2019

The performance of Christopher Jullien vs Hearts was an extremely welcome side-note to yesterday’s contest at Tynecastle.

The big centre-back was partnered alongside Kristoffer Ajer once again in a tough-looking fixture. Steven MacLean was Jullien’s rival on the day, and it’s fair to say the Hearts man won’t forget it quickly.

Christopher Jullien’s confidence is soaring (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

MacLean had a slight bit of joy in the opening stages when he dropped deep. However, he failed to once get beyond Jullien or manage to get on the end of any crosses. Whenever anything was launched into the Celtic penalty area, Jullien more often than not was there to mop up.

He’s been reacting to the win on Twitter with another morale-boosting post. It’s fair to say the Frenchman is satisfied with how things went down last night:

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Jullien’s performance is exactly what you need at Tynecastle

Last night’s game was harder than many of us initially believed. Hearts got forward a lot more than we would’ve liked, and their crowd responded – especially in the opening stages.

With our midfield struggling to seize control early on, it was vital our defence didn’t let anything past them. Fortunately, we had Jullien at the back, who no matter the pressure-levels, always seems to be on the end of everything that goes into our box.

Jullien’s positioning has been superb all season (Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

Ajer was similar. He attacked everything that came into the Celtic penalty area. Between them, they were Celtic’s final wall of resistance, and they ensured that Hearts didn’t manage to get over-excited on the night.

MacLean, for all of his faults, is a penalty-box striker. It’s no surprise that Hearts often tried to get crosses into him. He’s proven to be a pest for us over the years, and generally only needs a sniff or two at goal before he sticks one into the net. That meant that Jullien’s room for error was near non-existent. Thankfully, he made absolutely none in a top performance.

Jullien has put in top performance after top performance this season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And now, Jullien can start looking back on his victim list with some satisfaction. MacLean joins Ciro Immobile, Felipe Caicedo, M’Baye Niang, Billel Omrani, Jermain Defoe, Sam Cosgrove, Florian Kamberi, and Christian Doidge in a varied list of attackers who have struggled to get any change from Jullien.

Both the Frenchman and Ajer gave out some fist pumps after securing that clean sheet yesterday. You can see the pride they take in their work. Jullien, even only a few months into his Celtic career, has kept plenty of our rivals quiet this season. Last night was no different.