Neil Lennon on why Christopher Jullien missed Celtic's Betfred Cup tie

By John Reid

September 26, 2019

Neil Lennon has disclosed the reason Christopher Jullien was left out of Celtic’s Betfred Cup quarter-final tie against Partick Thistle.

The Hoops won the game 5-0, but played with an unfamiliar centre-back pairing of Kristoffer Ajer and Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Now Lennon has explained why the £7 million signing from Toulouse didn’t feature in the game.

“Couldn’t risk him”

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“Jullien was fatigued and tight in the hamstring, so we couldn’t risk him” the Hoops boss revealed after the game to the Celtic Twitter account.

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Lennon’s comments make the decision to leave Jullien out of the side understandable. There is no point risking the player, if he has both an injury and is fatigued.

Celtic have too many important games coming up to gamble on the fitness of one of their most important players.

You would imagine that Jullien will return to the Hoops side for Saturday’s game against Hibs. That is arguably a more important game than the win over Partick.

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However, should Jullien not make the game due to his injury, then it will be interesting to see who Neil Lennon would play at centre-back in the game.

He would probably have no qualms at sticking with the partnership who played against Partick of Elhamed and Ajer.

As Jullien is probably the Hoops’ best centre-back though, Neil Lennon will hope that he shakes off his injury to return to the first-team.

Should he miss out though, at least the replacements are there in defence.