"Exceed your expectations"; Celtic defender Christopher Jullien gets inspirational on Instagram

By Euan Davidson

April 15, 2021

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien looks to be on the comeback trail, according to his Instagram.

The lanky centre-back, who scored important goals against Lazio and Rangers last season, has been out since smashing his knee against a post in December. Recently, we heard from John Kennedy that Jullien was still in the early stages of his recovery [Daily Record].

A prolific user of social media, Jullien has kept supporters updated on his return to fitness. Today, he gave fans some hope.

Along with an inspirational message about “hardcore focus”, Jullien was seeing doing keepy-uppys and drills on his injured right leg.

Christopher Jullien’s Instagram

The videos were uploaded from the Centré Medical Clairefontaine, France’s national centre for football injury recovery. It’s been recognised by FIFA as “medical centre of excellence”, so it’s clear Jullien is in good hands.

Certainly, he seemed upbeat in today’s messages, as he shared video from a bike machine as well as the floor of the gym. It’s encouraging to see the big Frenchman back on his feet and working with the ball, as we’ll certainly need him next season.

Christopher Jullien on Instagram

 

Instagram aside, Christopher Jullien will be sorely needed by Celtic next season

If you’re doing a total squad overhaul, it probably makes sense to hold on to your £7m centre-back. Jullien was brought in at great expense, by Celtic standards, but proved his worth during an excellent 19-20.

This season, his opportunities have been limited by injury. Just when he was on the comeback trail, a needless and unusual accident ruled him out further. At the time, it seemed like a sick joke as Celtic had looked to pick up their form.

His impact is obvious. In just 9 Premiership outings this season, he won 5.1 of his aerial duels per 90 [WhoScored?]. That kind of vertical presence and calm under pressure, as well as profound attacking threat from set pieces, is near-impossible to replace.

Or, at least, it has been. Stephen Welsh and Kristoffer Ajer have worked well as a centre-back pairing, granted. But the return of Jullien would provide some much sought after experience and leadership for a defence which has been our undoing this season.

Here’s hoping for more updates from the likeable French defender.

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