Celtic fans set for nervy wait; no clarity on Jullien

By Euan Davidson

December 30, 2020

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien took a sore one during today’s win over Dundee United.

The French centre-back collided with the post while clearing Marc McNulty’s chip over Vasilis Barkas. It was one of the only chances United had all game. Jullien had been solid up to that point.

With Steven Gerrard’s Rangers hosting the Bhoys on Saturday, it’s a real concern for Neil Lennon. Jullien came off on a stretcher and the incident has potentially done real damage.

Lennon didn’t give much away in his post-match interview with the BBC, but there’s no doubt he’ll be worried about the availability of his first-choice centre-back pairing of Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.

Prior to his injury, Jullien had played very well. He won 4 aerial duels and looked comfortable for the entirety of the 51 minutes he played (WhoScored?).

Celtic will miss Jullien in weeks to come / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Too early to tell” on Celtic defender

Neil Lennon told the BBC (Sportsound, 17:10):

“It looks pretty painful, he was in a lot of pain coming off.

“There’s a lot of swelling, hopefully that will settle over the next couple of days. But it’s too early to say.”

Nir Bitton came on to replace Jullien, and generally looked able as Dundee United failed to threaten. On one occasion, however, he could’ve easily given away a penalty.

The Israeli defender’s shove on Marc McNulty was waved away by referee Willie Collum. On another day, Celtic might’ve been punished for the defender’s rash decision-making.

Lennon is left with a difficult choice provided Jullien misses the Glasgow Derby. Bitton may come back into the team, as he did against Hamilton Academical (Scotsman).

Shane Duffy made the last derby, but his inability to mark Connor Goldson cost the Bhoys dearly. Stephen Welsh is another option, but he hasn’t made the first-team for a considerable amount of time.