Summer recruit Christopher Jullien has opened up on his feelings after being left out of the Celtic team in the Champions League tie against Cluj.
The £7million signing from Toulouse didn’t feature in last week’s 4-3 defeat to the Romanian champions with many fans feeling the decision to leave him out was a bad one by Neil Lennon.
However, the Frenchman insists it was “just one game” as he now looks forward to a positive future at the club.
“I arrived here with the mentality of expecting a challenge,” he told the National after the AIK win. “There’s a lot of good players here.
“Last week it was just one game I wasn’t in the team. I just had to work more. The players on the field did their best and they played well. We had the chance to win.
“We didn’t take that final step but we have to look forward because it’s in the past now. We won at the weekend and this was a good result. It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”
Jullien needs a run of games for Celtic now
The big 6ft 5in central-defender certainly talks a good game. And his display in the 2-0 victory over the Swedish champions shows he can play too. Jullien looked much more assured at the heart of the defence as he helped notch the Hoops’ first clean sheet in five matches.
Much has been made about Lennon’s failure to play him during our early Champions League qualifiers. The defender could have been up to speed now had Lennon taken the plunge on him, but the truth is that there’s little can be done about that now.
The only thing Lennon and Jullien can affect is the future. The Frenchman should be a regular pick at the heart of the defence beside either Kristoffer Ajer or Jozo Simunovic. That way he can build a good rapport with his teammates and get fully up to speed with his surroundings.
Celtic’s defence has been by far the most frayed part of the team so far this season – and it’s been shown in the goals we’ve conceded. Hopefully now with Fraser Forster returning to the club, and Jullien coming onto a game, we can set about establishing a settled backline.