Celtic's final chance to cash in on Christopher Jullien and where he could end up

By David Walton

June 9, 2022

It’s become evidently clear that Ange Postecoglou simply doesn’t fancy Christopher Jullien.

The manager effectively had 4 full months to get him back integrated into the starting XI after recovering from a horrendous ACL injury that kept him out for over a year.

Ange was constantly asked about how far away Jullien was from starting games. And despite being as diplomatic as possible, he was really trying to tell us that he just wasn’t in his thoughts.

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Speaking at the end of the season, Ange stated Jullien wasn’t getting minutes because he didn’t like to mix things up at centre-back. But put it this way, if the Neil Lennon signing was showing positive enough signs in training, he would’ve been in there regularly and competing with Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Now, we go into a summer period that always gives us time to reflect and send out fresh hope for those who underachieved last term. But seeing Jullien spark a renaissance seems absolutely wild at this point. Especially with Celtic reportedly looking for another defender regardless of whether CCV joins permanently [The Athletic].

Heading into pre-season, it looks like there are no prospects for him in Glasgow anymore. The player has already opened the door to potentially leaving if things stay the same too [Goal].

Celtic don’t have long to bag a substantial fee for Christopher Jullien

With his contract down to its final 12 months this summer, Celtic only have the current transfer window to seriously try and cash in.

Yes, we could sell next January, but the Hoops could forget any decent sum for him. Clubs would be able to sign Jullien on a pre-contract at that stage and force Celtic into a fee we would likely find insulting.

The best move for the club here is to simply let him depart and find a move elsewhere. As for where that could be, the only reported interest in him so far has come from the Scottish Sun, who claim that Ligue 1 clubs are interested.

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A move back to his homeland is surely appealing for Jullien at this point, especially if it’s straight into Ligue 1. At only 29 years of age, Chris still has plenty to give, and he won’t be interested in spending another year on the bench.

It just benefits all parties to find a move. Celtic will almost certainly be able to get a 7-figure fee albeit likely nowhere near the £7m we splashed out on him [Scottish Sun]. Julien, meanwhile, would be able to find the first-team football he desperately needs after his return from injury.

It feels naive to expect some sort of pre-season revival here. Celtic may decide to even wait until they permanently bring in CCV or another defender. But Jullien departing this summer has become the obvious solution.

In other news, Celtic forward Daizen Maeda looks set to make first Japan start in 3 years