Long-awaited Celtic news finally arrives as Chris Jullien close to full training return

By David Walton

September 22, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed the long-awaited news of when Christopher Jullien will return to full training.

The Frenchman has been out for the last nine months. This came due to a knee injury picked up in a win over Dundee United in our last match of 2020.

Jullien had been a regular under Neil Lennon after signing in the summer of 2019. However, his injury forced him to undergo surgery as he also spent time carrying out intensive treatment back in his homeland of France.

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But today, Postecoglou finally gave a definitive timeline for Jullien’s return. The same goes for James Forrest too. When asked about the pair at his pre-Raith Rovers press conference, the manager said the following via Celtic TV:

“With both [Jullien and Forrest], I think post-international window I’d expect both of them be training with the first-team. And then after that it will all depend on their levels of fitness. How quickly they adapt to what we want to do and our football as well.

“I don’t think you’ll see either one of them before the international window. Well, I know you won’t!.”

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Celtic need Chris Jullien back ASAP as defensive troubles continue

Celtic fans are questioning at the moment as to whether they have a solid centre-back partnership currently available. Cameron Carter-Vickers looks like a solid option, but there have been some poor mistakes early doors from Stephen Welsh and Carl Starfelt.

Naturally, then, the pining for Jullien to return to action was always going to step up a gear. And the news that he’s close to returning to first-team action is a major plus.

Celtic’s first game after the international break comes at Fir Park on October 16th. Of course, it’s important not to expect Jullien to be involved too quickly. The former Toulouse man hasn’t had a pre-season and needs time to build up his strength.

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But Celtic supporters will rightly be expecting him to be available for large chunks of the final stages of 2021. It may take some time for Chris to get to grips with the Ange Postecoglou way, but just having him back is a massive boost for the club.

In the meantime of course, the manager must work with what he has. And what he has is still a talented bunch of footballers. Let’s not forget that he’s yet to nail down a settled backline. The sooner that happens, the sooner we can hopefully start seeing some development in whatever partnership he chooses.

All eyes then on who starts against Raith Rovers tomorrow night. And with news that Jullien is on his way back, it’s an opportunity the new men need to take.

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