Celtic’s Christopher Jullien has defended himself after comments made by Rangers boss Steven Gerrard after last month’s Glasgow derby.
Gerrard believed that the Celtic centre-back should have been sent-off for a last man challenge on Alfredo Morelos towards the end of the game. The referee’s decision was in fact to give a free-kick to Celtic.
Not long after the incident Morelos was sent-off, and Gerrard remarked that he had no complaints about that, but he did have about the incident with Jullien.
“But all the referee’s decisions, in terms of what went against us today, we’ve got no complaints. What I will say is there was a blatant red card from Jullien on Alfredo” Gerrard said, as reported by the Evening Times.
Now the Hoops centre-back has responded in kind, suggesting that the referee got his decision correct.
“I don’t remember exactly what incident he is talking about” Jullien said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He pushed me”
“I remember one where I put my body in front of him, and he pushed me. For me it’s a foul for me. At the end of the day he was a winner, but in that case it was a foul for me.”
The incident didn’t seem like a significant one during the game, so it is little wonder Jullien didn’t remember it. Still, it is good to see him defend him after the remarks. He isn’t the sort of player to avoid confrontations either on or off the pitch, it seems.
Performed well against prolific striker
Jullien’s battle against Morelos was always going to be a key factor in the recent derby. Even though Rangers won the game, Jullien can be pleased with how he performed against the striker. He didn’t allow him to dominate the game, as Morelos has to many defenders during the first-half of the season.
The next collision between the players will no doubt play a big part in the outcome of the next Glasgow derby. Hopefully Jullien ends up on the winning team that day.