Christopher Jullien sings the praises of Celtic's character this season

By David Walton

February 27, 2020

Christopher Jullien’s love of the current Celtic team is clearly there for all to see.

The big centre-back is the first one to get stuck into tackles and put his body where it hurts. Well, he and Scott Brown perhaps.

Neil Lennon’s expensive summer-signing has proven to be both a huge personality and a big-game player for the Hoops. Jullien has had his shaky moments at times this season along with several others in the team, but they all have one similarity – they’ve all bounced back immediately.

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien celebrates a trophy win (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s what has Celtic sailing high both domestically and in Europe. And speaking in the Times about his side’s character, Jullien couldn’t help but reaffirm his love for this current Parkhead side:

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“After that Livingston game, we were a different team. In my head, when I arrived here, I thought I was invincible. I’d had heard about the Invincibles and wanted to come here and do that, have a perfect season and win everything, but that was our first defeat.

“I knew the team we had, the strength we had, and I thought we could have done it but we didn’t and, after that mistake, we got up. We became a different team and, after the loss to Rangers in December, we got up again to become the team we are now.

“I just love this team because we react so well in bad moments and this is how we show our character.”

Celtic take defeats as a personal insult

Jullien talks about the reaction to setbacks this season, and he’s absolutely spot on to do so. This Celtic side seem to take losses as if they’re personal insults.

Much has been made of our form since the Rangers defeat at Parkhead, and you can see why. 10 straight domestic wins is a pretty incredible response, especially with trips to the likes of Fir Park, Rugby Park, and McDiarmid Park thrown in for good measure.

However, you can look back at any of our four defeats this season and see a fine response. Go all the way back to our Champions League qualifying exit to CFR Cluj. That miserable 4-3 Celtic Park loss was followed up with a 6-1 aggregate win over Sweden’s champions AIK to qualify for the Europa League, as well as a 2-0 win at Ibrox to put us three points clear at the top of the Premiership.

Celtic celebrate vs AIK (Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Our unbeaten season was over after the Livingston game like Jullien mentioned. But what happened after that? Celtic went on a sensational run of 16 wins out of 17. Our only slip-up was a 2-0 loss in Cluj when we played a second-string.

It’s clear as to why Jullien is in love with this Celtic side. Their character is just as good as their technique and overall quality. Hopefully that’s reflected in the trophy cabinet come the end of the season.

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