Chris Sutton has been left impressed by Celtic defender Christopher Jullien’s leadership abilities, using a Daily Record column to praise him hugely in the wake of Thursday’s draw against Copenhagen.

Jullien has been a stand-out player for the Scottish champions this season, making 42 appearances in total for Neil Lennon.

Defensively consistent and proving to be a real threat in the opposition box, scoring seven goals in total, the Frenchman has proven himself to be a classy summer buy.

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Sutton has been discussing who could step up to be a leader in the closing stages of the season if captain Scott Brown remains injured, suggesting that Jullien is a candidate despite not being at the club for long.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Sutton said: “Jullien is brave. You could see that the other night when he was absolutely smashed in the face by a challenge and he recovered and responded in the ideal manner.

“He reads the game well and he made some vital interventions as he often does. The goals that he is managing to score down the other end of the field are just an added bonus.

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“You can see that other players are responding to him now. He has a presence on the pitch and within the group which has been growing and developing since he signed.”

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien vs Copenhagen

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien vs Copenhagen / (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Jullien has definitely established himself the most of all the new faces arriving at Celtic Park last summer. Only Fraser Forster, who had a previous spell at Celtic Park, has become so important to the Hoops cause.

His goals against Lazio and Rangers were absolutely massive and had he not been there to net them, our season could be sitting in pretty rough shape right now.

He’s on course to go down as the signing of the season if his current form can continue to help Celtic march towards a ninth title in a row.

As for being a future captain, there’s no reason why not at this stage.

He’s at least a candidate to fill the on-pitch void left by Brown right now due to his calf problem, even if Callum McGregor is wearing the armband.

Sutton is right to praise him so greatly.

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