Report: Celtic defender Christopher Jullien's transfer stance after crunch meeting in Paris

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien is determined to fight for his place at Parkhead despite appearing to be out of the picture under Ange Postecoglou, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper reports that Jullien’s representatives have had a crunch meeting with the club. It’s reported that Jullien has told Ange that he isn’t going anywhere and that he’s ready to fight his way back into contention.

It comes after the Frenchman failed to make a single league appearance during the title run-in last season. Indeed, despite being available for selection throughout 2022, Ange only handed him one appearance against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

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The Record also reports that there have been no bids been thrown in for the former Toulouse defender’s services. That’s despite the Scottish Sun claiming earlier this summer that there was Ligue 1 interest in the player.

Jullien hinted in an interview with Goal that his time at Parkhead could be over if things didn’t change next season regarding his first-team minutes. However, it appears as though he’s ready to put the work in to get back in Postecoglou’s thoughts once more.

The centre-back’s contract is up next summer, meaning interested parties can sign him from January onwards for nothing.

Christopher Jullien ready to get back in Celtic boss’ first-team plans

It will be interesting to know what Ange thinks of this particular development. After all, if he seen Chris as being a valuable part of his plans last season, he would’ve played more of a role in the run-in.

Instead, he was happy to allow the Frenchman to watch on from the sidelines. He didn’t want him anywhere near the first-team with even Stephen Welsh being prioritised over Chris. That may sound harsh, but it was the brutal reality of the situation.

So it’s not just a case of Jullien turning around and saying he’s committed to the club. He isn’t going to start just displacing the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers or Carl Starfelt. On the contrary, Jullien will have to have his most impressive pre-season yet.

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He will indeed get opportunities in the club’s friendly matches to impress. Everyone does when it comes to pre-season fixtures. But he’ll have to show he has all of the right attributes to make it under Ange and become a big part of this side.

Celtic, of course, would be taking a risk if they decided to hold on to the Frenchman. If we don’t accept any bids that come in this summer, it’ll be our final chance to rake in a decent fee for him. How the Celtic board would reflect on that given he cost £7m back in 2019 remains to be seen [Scottish Sun].

But for now, the player’s stance appears to be a positive one. Hopefully, he can back it up with performances after the squad returns to action.

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