Chris Jullien posts fresh Celtic training image on Instagram

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Celtic centre-back Chris Jullien has posted a fresh image of him back at Lennoxtown as he continues his Parkhead rehab.

The Frenchman rejoined full training after the October international break. However, Ange Postecoglou stated before the weekend that it could be until after the November internationals before we see him in action [Celtic TV].

Jullien hasn’t featured for Celtic since December 2020 when he injured his knee in a 3-0 win against Dundee United. But as he steps up his recovery, the centre-back has published a fresh morale-boosting photo on Instagram:

Postecoglou again addressed the Jullien situation at his pre-Hibernian presser earlier today. Speaking via Celtic TV, Ange said the following:

“He’s training, people maybe misinterpreted what I said. We got him into team training after the last international break. He’s got back into team training but he has missed a hell of a lot of football. It is a bit difficult when you can’t give him game time or throw him into a fixture.

“We’ll take our time with him. The pleasing thing, as I said, is that he has been training with the team, we’ll just continue monitoring his progress. He’s working hard on and off the field. When we feel he is ready we’ll put him in, at the moment the focus is just on making sure that he gets a good block of training.”

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Chris Jullien looks ready to make a big impact at Celtic

Jullien has been a key loss this season, no doubt about it. How we could’ve used the towering Frenchman back at the beginning of the campaign when we needed solid centre-back options. We may even have progressed further in the UCL qualifiers too.

But injuries happen in football. Celtic have had to get on with it and power on they have done. These days, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt are leading from the back after a rocky start.

All of a sudden, Jullien has a battle on his hands to get back into the team. It’s no guarantee that the former Toulouse man just waltzes back into the starting XI. That spot has to be earned, and it would be extremely harsh to drop Starfelt or CCV anytime soon.

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Even the likes of Stephen Welsh is struggling to get back into the team despite a solid start to the campaign. Jullien still has a road ahead of him that he has to travel down if he’s to win his spot back in the side.

For Postecoglou, he’ll just be glad to have him back as an option. After all, we still have 11 matches between the end of the November internationals and the end of 2021. There will be plenty of occasions in which Postecoglou will need to rotate his defenders.

When that time comes, Jullien will need to step up and prove why he’s been missed so much. At the moment, he certainly seems ready to reimpose himself in Glasgow.

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