Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has admitted that he was slightly concerned before making his Glasgow derby debut at Ibrox.
The Hoops player had ‘trembling legs’ before the game, he revealed in an interview with France Football. However, if he was nervous before the game, he certainly didn’t show it, as he turned in a man of the match display in Celtic’s 2-0 win.
“You feel the tension”
“In the cloakroom, you feel the tension. You arrive on the ground with trembling legs. With this impatience to play this game” Jullien said. He then detailed the Hoops’ celebrations after the games.
“We could have spent an hour on the field celebrating with the fans. In the locker room too, it was strong.”
After only a few months at the club, Jullien is already aware of how important it is for Celtic to defeat their biggest rivals.
That could well be down to the management of Neil Lennon. He always knew that beating Rangers could make the difference in a title race, as both a player and a manager.
If Lennon spoke to Jullien before the game, what he said certainly paid off. His performance was one that a defender from the old days of football would have been proud of.
Very effective performance
It was no frills, very basic stuff, and it was very effective. He won practically every challenge and header that he contested in the game.
The performance has given Jullien a solid platform to build on, and he similarly impressed in the recent 1-1 draw with Rennes.
Already he looks to be one of Celtic’s best signings of the summer. Credit for that has to be given to both the player, and Neil Lennon.