Christopher Jullien sets class Celtic target

By John McGinley

May 21, 2021

Christopher Jullien is aiming to make it back to pre-season training with Celtic this summer despite suffering a horror leg injury that threatened to keep him out of most of 2021.

Neil Lennon stated in February that the defender could be out for as many as nine months after colliding with the woodwork against Dundee United in December. [The Herald]

However, after a period of rehabilitation at the French Football Federation headquarters, Jullien is now hoping to take part in pre-season training over the summer.

He’s desperate to get back to action and perform in front of supporters again.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, he said: “The goal now is to be back with the team for pre-season and I’ll do my best to do this. Week after week you can see the improvement and my goal right now is just to get my strength back.

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“I’m just really happy to be back at Celtic and we’ll put a calendar on everything and just focus every week on what we’re going to do to get to the best point when I can come back with the team.

“I can’t wait to have that. It’s going to be strange because it’s been a long time. When you go from being with your team-mates every day and then you don’t see them for three-and-a-half months, it’s just so strange, so I can’t wait to see my guys and be there on the field with them and share some moments.”

Obviously Celtic won’t be rushing him back too early. It’s important that there is no risk of further problems as Jullien makes his comeback.

However, it sounds like he is focused on making a summer return which could prove to be a massive boost to the new manager’s options.

Celtic face a difficult set of European qualifiers, coupled with a needed solid start to the new Scottish Premiership campaign.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There are no guarantees on the future of Kristoffer Ajer, while Shane Duffy has already returned to Brighton.

Other options include Stephen Welsh and Nir Bitton, but Jullien is a calibre above that duo.

The earlier he’s back, the better. It sounds like he’s doing everything he can to make a brilliant early 2021/22 return.

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