Positive Celtic update delivered on "enormous asset" Christopher Jullien

By David Walton

November 3, 2021

A positive update has been delivered on Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien as he continues to build up his fitness levels in training.

Jullien hasn’t played for Celtic since December 2020 after picking up a knee injury against Dundee United. The Frenchman was forced into having surgery to solve the issue, and it’s fair to say he’s been missed since.

In recent weeks, Jullien has been back in full training after a prolonged period on the sidelines. Even so, fans are impatiently awaiting his return. Not least because Carl Starfelt has picked up a hamstring injury.

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And whilst Ange Postecoglou confirmed he wouldn’t be available for Ferencvaros tomorrow night, he did state he’s closing in.

Speaking via Celtic TV, the manager said: “Too early for him and his recovery. Again we’ve just got to be careful with him. We want him back. He’s going to be an enormous asset for us when he does get back.

“But long-term stuff we just want to make sure that he’s right. He’s not too far away but for this game tomorrow – nowhere near ready.”

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Christopher Jullien closing in on his big long-awaited Celtic return

If only Starfelt’s injury could’ve waited a couple of weeks! It’ll be great to see the Frenchman back in action, not least because he gives Celtic something we don’t currently have – pace.

Out of all of our centre-back options, you’d be going over the top if you stated that any of them have much speed in their game. Jullien makes up for that and has proven to be great with his recovery challenges. We’ve certainly missed that kind of defender this season.

Question marks will of course arise over who the Frenchman partners when he does come back. Will it be CCV? Ange has shown plenty of backing for Starfelt, so perhaps he would rather Chris partnered him instead. Alternatively, of course, Chris has to wait his turn.

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Let’s also not forget that Stephen Welsh looks set to be given his chance in the Celtic team this week. He’s the only viable replacement for Starfelt in the upcoming games against Ferencvaros and Dundee respectively. He won’t be giving up his spot easily.

For Postecoglou, it’s just great to see that he has options across his backline. As soon as Jullien returns, we’ll have 4 fully-fit and available players capable of operating at centre-back.

It’s fair to say that’s something the manager has likely been craving.

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