Report: Christopher Jullien attracting interest after recent Celtic frustrations

By David Walton

May 19, 2022

Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien is being looked at by clubs in France after a frustrating season at Parkhead, according to the Scottish Sun.

The former Toulouse defender is said to be on the radar of teams back in his homeland. It’s claimed by the Sun that those interested could launch moves in the summer transfer window.

The news comes after a hugely frustrating campaign for Chris after returning from a long-term injury back in January. His ACL tear picked up in December 2020 kept him out of action all throughout the opening months of Ange Postecoglou’s reign.

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However, things didn’t pick up in the second half of the season either. Despite there being a clamour for him to return for much of 2021, he only managed 16 minutes in a Scottish Cup game against Raith Rovers this year. That’s despite being fit and available for the best part of 4 months.

Jullien gave an interview with Goal last week in which he admitted he wasn’t satisfied with his game-time at Parkhead.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, and Stephen Welsh have all been ahead of Jullien in the pecking order this term.

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Christopher Jullien won’t be satisfied with another year on the Celtic bench

There’s a clear issue arising here in that Jullien wants to be getting first-team minutes. He clearly feels he’s long since been over his injury and needs to be out playing. At 29 years of age you can understand that too.

He’s at a stage of his career now where he feels he’ll be entering his prime. Being back-up for another season will take him into his 30s and we would do well to have him commit to that.

It’s become pretty evident that Ange Postecoglou simply doesn’t fancy Jullien. If he did, he would’ve received a lot more game-time in 2022. Especially in the Premiership. Instead, he’s been rooted to the sidelines and often not even a part of the matchday squad.

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Another year on the Celtic bench looks like a no-go, which means a solution will need to be had this summer. And let’s be honest, we all know what the end result of that looks like.

If an acceptable offer comes in for Chris, you can’t see the club standing in his way. What once looked like a key figure making his return from injury has now become a frozen-out talent who looks like he needs a move.

Don’t be surprised if this is a deal Celtic try to complete fairly soon. So long as the interest from France is concrete.

In other news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst should now be honest about failed season against Celtic