'Looking good' - John Kennedy impressed with progress made by Jullien

By John Reid

July 14, 2019

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has revealed that he has been impressed with the progress made by Christopher Jullien since he joined the Hoops last month.

The £7 million signing from Toulouse made his long-awaited debut for the Hoops in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Rennes. He had a solid enough game, but wasn’t tested that much in defence.

Jullien played for 57 minutes, and the Hoops coach was pleased with his performance.

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“About getting the fitness”

“For him it’s about getting the fitness and sharpness back” Kennedy told the official Celtic Twitter account about Jullien.

“But in terms of where he was when he came in and where he is now, he’s looking good” he continued.

It may be too early for Jullien to start the Hoops’ Champions League tie against Sarajevo on Wednesday.

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However, Celtic will soon want the player to become the number one defender at the club.

Signed to be number one defender

You don’t pay £7 million for a player unless you intend to play him in almost every game.

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Therefore, it looks like Jullien’s competitive debut for the Hoops will take place in the second round of the Champions League qualifiers.

It is hard to draw any real conclusions from pre-season friendlies. However, Jullien did look composed and measured on his Celtic debut. We will know more about his qualities as a player when Jullien makes his competitive debut for the club.