Scottish Daily Mail sports journalist Stephen McGowan has revealed that Christopher Jullien could make the bench for Celtic’s game against Sparta Prague on Thursday.

The French defender, who scored the winner against Rangers in last year’s Betfred Cup Final, as well as last October’s win over Lazio, has been out of action for the majority of the season with a back injury.

In a report for the Daily Mail, McGowan offered hope for fans of the centre-back, who has been a real miss for the Bhoys this season.

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In his place, Nir Bitton, Shane Duffy and youngster Stephen Welsh have had varying degrees of success, with the latter making his full first-team debut in a loss to Rangers.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien

Christopher Jullien / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Leadership and a set-piece threat

Jullien coming back is undoubtedly a huge boost for Lennon’s side, as we’ve looked particularly vulnerable at set-pieces. Despite Duffy’s height and proclivity to win headers, as well as Ajer’s leadership, Jullien offers something different, as both a ball-playing and physical defender.

Capable of chipping in with important goals at crucial times, Jullien has become on the faces of the club since joining, and aside for a couple of dodgy performances (one of which, an away loss to Livingston, was followed by an apology to supporters), he’s been solid and an excellent example of Celtic using the French market to unearth talented players.

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He’s the kind of character this Celtic side needs.

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