Christopher Jullien has told the Celtic fans that he “felt useless” during his injury rehab in recent times.
The French centre-back has recently returned from two-and-a-half months out with a back injury, but featured against Sparta Prague and Ross County.
In an interview shared on Celtic’s official website, the Frenchman described his turmoil during his time being sidelined:
“I felt useless and I hope I never have to experience that feeling again. I felt their pain when we had disappointing results. When you’re on the field you can feel the energy and the desire in your team-mates around you but when you’re watching it on TV, you don’t get that, especially when there are no fans.”
Jullien, who was a revelation last year, scored winners against Lazio in the Europa League, and against Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final. He’s certainly been missed as Shane Duffy, Nir Bitton and Stephen Welsh have deputised in his place.
The 27-year-old spoke about Celtic’s situation in the Europa League. With nothing to play for, Celtic face A.C. Milan on Thursday night, hoping for a positive result.
“When there’s no pressure on, players can try different things which can help them find their form. We have to take these two games as opportunities to make ourselves better.
“It’s not changed my belief that we can still do great things this year. We have a great team and all teams experience dips in form. When you have the talent that we do in the team, you know you’ll turn it around.”
Celtic fans will be desperate for “different things”. A.C. Milan beat Celtic 3-1 earlier in the Europa League; goals from Rade Krunic, Brahim Diaz and Jens Hauge were enough to defeat the Scottish Champions.
Although few expected a result against a resurgent Rossoneri, fans were buoyed by a more spirited second half performance. Switching formations at half-time, Neil Lennon reverted to a 4-2-3-1, a formation favoured by Brendan Rodgers.
Team selection will dominate the discussion on Thursday, with many in the Celtic support hoping for variation. Regulars like Scott Brown and Callum McGregor have come in for criticism in recent weeks, while Olivier Ntcham has struggled to find form.
Jullien and his team-mates have their work cut out for them. Another flat performance on Thursday night will further alienate the Celtic support.