Neil Lennon appears ready to throw Christopher Jullien back into the Celtic mix this week.
The Hoops boss has had to watch on as his side have made a host of defensive blunders in recent weeks whilst the Frenchman has been out of action. The latest came in yesterday’s 2-2 draw against Hibernian at Easter Road, where Jeremie Frimpong and Nir Bitton failed to impress for Kevin Nisbet’s strike.
Jullien hasn’t played for Celtic since September’s 5-0 hammering of Ross County in Dingwall. During that period, the Hoops have only managed to win seven of 15 games.
However, Lennon was asked by Celtic TV directly about Jullien’s fitness, and it’s clear the Hoops boss is ready to throw him back into the firing line over the next week after his return to training.
“He’s a good player and it was touch and go whether we’d bring him here today or not (vs Hibs), but we’ll certainly look at it for Sparta and Ross County this week.”
Jullien isn’t the answer to Celtic’s problems
Having Jullien back will undoubtedly be a boost. Nobody can pretend that it won’t be. To put it into perspective, Celtic won five of the seven games the Frenchman has been involved in this season.
However, it feels like this is something we’re doing on a weekly basis – looking at who’s injured after a poor result and pretending that they’re going to be our saviours.
After our defeat to Rangers, we were all made to believe that the return of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Nir Bitton was going to bolster our performance levels. That hasn’t happened yet.
Granted, you can say we’ve come up against some better teams in recent weeks, but that doesn’t matter. The performances simply haven’t improved. Since Rangers, we’ve suffered slip-ups to Aberdeen, Sparta Prague, and Hibernian respectively. Calling that Prague debacle a slip-up also seems extremely lenient.
So let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that Jullien’s return alone will spark some sort of instant revival in Celtic. We’ve heard it all before with players who are more crucial to the success of the team, only for it not to change our fortunes whatsoever.
Yes, if Jullien is back in for Prague then it will be great to see. But there’s so much more to be done with this team than just the former Toulouse man’s reinstatement.