Celtic defender Christopher Jullien is doing light training with a personal instructor.
Footage emerged today of Jullien doing basic agility drills and passing a ball with his injured left leg. With Jullien’s recovery set to take anywhere between 6 and 9 months, it’s encouraging stuff for Celtic supporters.
— Chris Jullien.. (@Chri6ViF) March 2, 2021
A great sight: Celtic defender Christopher Jullien already doing ball work
Christopher Jullien was obviously central to Neil Lennon’s Celtic plans. The Frenchman, signed from Toulouse in 2019, was colossal in his first year at the club. Not only did he form an effective defensive partnership with Ajer, he also scored goals. Big goals, too; as Lazio, Rangers and others can attest.
Naturally, that’s made him somewhat of a fan favourite. Supporters were quick to react to Jullien’s Twitter video with encouragement.
Amazing CJ 💚 keep going 👏🏻👏🏻🍀
— Eileen McGovern (@lene2104) March 2, 2021
Getting there big guy 🙌🏻💚
— Alison McGinley (@alighirl77) March 2, 2021
miss you big man
— ً (@ColmSZN) March 2, 2021
Keep working at it big guy !! Come back strong 💪
— John Penny 🍀 (@johnpenny8) March 2, 2021
Big man 🍀
— – (@rubr260) March 2, 2021
It still looks as if it’ll be a long road for Jullien. With Kristoffer Ajer likely to leave in the summer, Stephen Welsh has impressed in the Frenchman’s stead.
Next season, provided Jullien can get back in fighting form for the Bhoys, Celtic will still need defensive reinforcements. Bitton hasn’t impressed at centre-back, while Shane Duffy has had a nightmare spell in the East End of Glasgow.
With his leadership, charisma and aerial prowess, Celtic have leaned heavily on the French defender. At the very least, today’s training footage shows that he’s started on his path to recovery.