Christopher Jullien's Insta reaction after first Celtic appearance since February

By David Walton

July 7, 2022

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien appeared to be in positive spirits as he reacted to his first appearance since February on Instagram.

The Frenchman was a part of the Hoops side that featured against Wiener Viktoria yesterday as he started the contest. It was a routine afternoon for him too alongside Bosun Lawal with his last outing coming against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

And as he gets set to try and make an impact ahead of the new season, Jullien put the following post out on Instagram after yesterday’s 7-0 mauling:

Jullien managed to get on the scoresheet in what will also be a nice morale-booster for him as he nodded home from close-range.

It comes after he looked set to depart the club for Schalke last week as he headed to Germany for talks. It looks, however, as if that particular move has broken down with the player now back training with Celtic in Austria.

Next up for the Hoops is a trip to Rapid Vienna, with many senior stars expected to return for that one.

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Hopefully this appearances does something for Jullien. He desperately needs something to build on after failing to bag an opportunity under Ange Postecoglou last season.

It will be interesting to see if he can get more minutes against Vienna on Saturday. We know Ange’s first-choice centre-back pairing remains Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, but will he be persuaded to give Jullien a bone here?

It’s always difficult to come back from a potential exit that’s been halted. The whole Schalke situation was effectively the manager saying Chris wasn’t good enough and that he wouldn’t be getting the opportunities he needs.

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But it’s funny what a positive pre-season can do for a player. All he can do is keep giving 100% and making the most of any chance he gets in the coming days.

With Celtic likely in the market for another centre-back, Jullien’s task will be trying to prove that they don’t actually need another addition. A tough job for sure, but one he’ll hopefully be up for.

It’s early days of course. The next few games will give Celtic supporters a clearer indication of Jullien’s squad position heading into the new season.

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