It was a bit of surprise to see Celtic boss Neil Lennon select Christopher Jullien in his starting line-up for the Hoops’ Europa League game against Cluj.
Lennon had rested most of Celtic’s first-team starters in the game, so Jullien starting wasn’t expected. Adding to that, the centre-back was only one booking away from a suspension in the last 32 first leg.
Thankfully, Neil Lennon took the player off at half-time of the 2-0 defeat, ensuring that he wouldn’t be booked.
“Big games coming”
Jullien seems to have got the game fairly quickly. He posted on Twitter on Friday that it was time to ‘focus on the BIG games coming’.
— Chris Jullien.. (@Chri6ViF) December 13, 2019
That has to be a reference to the Hoops’ upcoming five league games in 14 days. Jullien will be at the heart of the Celtic defence for all of those games you would imagine. Possibly the only thing that would keep him out of action is an injury.
Time to focus on the league
It is good to see that Jullien doesn’t seem phased with the Celtic defeat. And neither he should, after all, he did score the winning goal in the Betfred Cup Final only a few days before. Now though, the cup games are over until January and it is time to focus on the league.
Jullien and his Hoops team-mates return to action on Sunday, when they take on Hibs at Celtic Park. It is unlikely the big centre-half will miss the game unless he picks up an injury. He came through the 45 minutes against Cluj unscathed.
Now he has to get ready for five games which could help the Hoops go a long way towards making it nine in a row. Five wins out of five would put the Hoops clear at the top of the Premiership. That would be the perfect way for Jullien’s first half season at Celtic to come to an end.