Former Celtic coach predicts imminent exit for first-team defender

By Dave Flanigan

July 28, 2022

Celtic will look to move on defender Christopher Jullien before the end of the transfer window, according to former player and coach Peter Grant.

Jullien has played very little first-team football under Ange Postecoglou, having spent the first half of the Australian’s tenure out with a significant knee injury, and Grant believes that his time in Paradise is coming to an end.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, the former coach said on Go Radio’s Totally Football Show: “He’s got no option just now but to play because Carl Starfelt isn’t available.

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“He’s in a position where he’s made his mind up and the club have no option but to sell him. In an ideal world Celtic would like to get rid of him this window.”

Grant sympathised with the Frenchman after he suffered a significant injury during the global pandemic, but also suggested that there had been questions over his mindset.

He said: “I think people tend to forget how hard COVID has been for some players who’ve came into the country and have been stuck in a flat on their own. They’ve not allowed to mix with anyone and he’s had to come back from a terrible injury whilst doing that.

“There have been questions about his effort and commitment since he’s returned but he’s been back in training with the group for a while now and Ange has probably made his mind up. He’s probably sat Jullien down and asked what his thoughts where and that’s why we’ve probably seen the proposed move to Schalke.

I think he will have told him if you’re not going to buy into it and if you’d prefer to go then we’ll try and work it like that.

“I think they’ll sell him before the end of the window.”

Jullien signed for Celtic from Toulouse in 2019, recovering from a shaky start to play a crucial part in securing the club’s 9th title in a row.

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The 29-year-old also enjoyed several iconic individual moments, scoring a late winner against Lazio in the Europa League and the only goal of the 2019 League Cup Final win over Rangers.

The Frenchman has struggled to break up the pairing of Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers in central defence since regaining fitness and almost left the club earlier this transfer window, with a proposed move to Schalke breaking down late in the day.

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