Chris Jullien's motivational Saturday night message to Celtic supporters
Celtic centre-back Chris Jullien last night sent a motivational message out on Instagram ahead of today’s clash against Ross County.
Jullien has been a regular on the Celtic bench in recent weeks. However, since returning from injury at the start of the year, he’s found minutes on the pitch hard to come by. This has effectively been down to the partnership of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt at the heart of the backline.
It remains to be seen if Ange hands him any minutes this afternoon. Both Starfelt and CCV appeared to be struggling towards the end of the Rangers game last week. If they still are, throwing Jullien into the fray wouldn’t be the worst idea. And as he prepared for today’s clash, Chris sent a motivational Instagram message to his Celtic-supporting followers:
Jullien was one of several subs who failed to get on the pitch against Rangers last week. Despite the fact the Hoops made 6 changes within the game, Ange decided to overlook Chris, Yosuke Ideguchi, Mikey Johnston, and James McCarthy respectively.
The manager did, however, throw on Jullien’s centre-back rival Stephen Welsh for extra time. It would be interesting to know how the Frenchman feels about that particular decision.
Ange has only given Jullien 16 minutes of action since his January return. Those came in a Scottish Cup clash against Raith Rovers at Celtic Park.
Christopher Jullien still waiting on his Celtic opportunity
Interestingly, Jullien featured for the B team in last week’s Glasgow Cup semi-final loss against Rangers. As things stand, he’s still waiting on his big opportunity to get back into first-team contention once more.
Another squad appearance looks extremely likely this afternoon. However, all eyes will be on whether the partnership of CCV and Starfelt is fit enough to be in from the first whistle.
Granted, if Ange is to make a change then chances are he’ll turn to Welsh over Jullien. At least judging by his decision last week. It’s clear, for whatever reason, that the manager doesn’t particularly view the former Toulouse man as a priority inclusion.
Celtic fans will hope that this isn’t the end of the towering centre-back of course. You still hope he has plenty to offer and that a good pre-season under his belt will see him stake a claim once more.
What lasting effects Jullien’s knee injury has had on him remains to be seen. It could be the case that he’s not operating at the standards he was at before he was struck with the setback in December 2020.
But for now, he appears to be keeping his chin up as he awaits any potential opportunity that comes his way. You’ve got to admire that mindset.