Chris Jullien teases Celtic return with class Instagram throwback post

By David Walton

October 20, 2021

Celtic centre-back Chris Jullien has tonight been teasing the Hoops support of his imminent comeback with a class Instagram throwback post.

Jullien is back in first-team training after 10 months out with a knee injury. The towering Frenchman required surgery and has been forced to sit out as Ange Postecoglou attempts to find his strongest XI.

The former Toulouse defender was signed by Neil Lennon in the summer of 2019, with his most famous moment for the club coming in a Europa League game against Lazio when he netted a last-minute winner. And the Hoops star has published a brilliant image of that incredible moment as he teased supporters with an hourglass emoji:

Jullien’s last appearance for the club came in a Premiership match under Lennon back in 2020. He’s had to watch on as the club has gone through serious turmoil both on and off the park.

The Celtic he’s returning to isn’t what he’ll remember. There are new faces both on the touchline and indeed alongside him in the Hoops squad. It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to playing alongside his new teammates as well as Postecoglou’s style in particular.

Celtic’s current first-choice defensive partnership remains Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers. Stephen Welsh and Nir Bitton remain the alternative back-up options for now.

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Celtic need Chris Jullien back immediately; Hoops crying out for depth

The return of Jullien couldn’t be of any greater importance than it currently is. Whilst we do have alternative options available, the 2019 signing remains our most experienced option outside of our current first-choice players.

Some may argue that Stephen Welsh is deserving of a Celtic recall in the near future. Especially when you consider the impressive start to the season he made at the heart of the backline. But ahead of Chris Jullien?

That’s unthinkable in truth. There’s no reason the French star shouldn’t be immediately coming back into the Celtic team and staking a claim. It’ll be interesting to see who out of CCV and Starfelt can hold onto their position. Make no mistake, Jullien isn’t returning to be a bench-warmer.

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It still remains to be seen just how long it takes Chris to build up his fitness levels. Considering his length of time out of the game, it could still be some time yet. Granted, his post will have Celtic supporters excited to say the least.

In an ideal world, he would be back fighting for a place before Ferencvaros away in a couple of weeks. But truthfully, only the player and the manager will know how far he is away.

We just can’t wait to see him back in the green and white!

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