Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hopeful that Christopher Jullien will be fit for the club’s trip to play Riga in Europa League qualifying.

Prior to Saturday’s win over Livingston, Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland (14:34): “Jullien picked up a back strain on Thursday and was very, very sore and stiff yesterday.

“We’re hoping he’ll be ok for Riga.

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“It might just be a muscle spasm or pulled a muscle a little bit. He’s getting treatment today and we’ll see how he is on Monday.”

The manager had already made fans aware Jullien would not take part in this afternoon’s clash at Celtic Park.

This sounds promising though and hopefully our defensive line will be at full strength on Thursday evening.

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Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer have struggled this season

Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon opted to field Hatem Abd Elhamed, Shane Duffy and Kristoffer Ajer for the visit of Livi so has options available in different formations should Jullien not make it.

 

However, the Frenchman has been a successful signing since arriving last summer. The longer he plays with Duffy and Ajer, the more functional that unit will be for bigger matches ahead.

Celtic are favourites for the Latvian trip but cannot take Riga for granted.

We, as Bhoys supporters, may not know much about them but they’re a team who posed problems for teams such as CSKA Sofia, HJK Helsinki and FC Copenhagen in UEFA competition last season.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon’s team needs to be as strong as possible and committed from the first whistle.

There is real potential for another European slip-up and the club simply can’t afford that kind of calamity right now.

In other news, fans are absolutely ecstatic with Albian Ajeti right now.

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