Report: Revised timescale for long-term Celtic absence

By Euan Davidson

November 9, 2021

According to a report, 19-20 breakout Celtic star Christopher Jullien could be back before Christmas.

Jullien, who injured himself last December against Dundee United, has had a nightmare spell out of the team [Scotsman]. Some weak goalkeeping meant the Frenchman was needed to clear the ball off the line, and in doing so, Jullien made crunching contact with the post.

According to the Scottish Sun, though, Jullien – who’s been back in training – could be back as early as next month. The centre-back’s gruelling rehab looks to finally be coming to a close.

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Jullien, who formed a formidable partnership with Kristoffer Ajer in 19-20, was a huge miss for Neil Lennon. The commanding centre-back was instrumental the former Celtic boss’ first full season back in the dugout.

He’s also been a miss for Ange Postecoglou. The Greek-Aussie boss was forced into using the youthful pairing of Stephen Welsh and Dane Murray in Champions League qualification.

Since then, the duo of Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers have been largely excellent. At home, the Bhoys have only conceded once this season in the league. Coincidentally, that was to the same Dundee United side that Jullien injured himself against in December of last year.

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Is Jullien’s game perfect? By no means. However, it’s really worth remembering his effectiveness in 19-20. For a debut campaign, Jullien really was excellent.

His Cup Final winner against Rangers immediately made him a cast-iron fan favourite. Gifted on the ball, and physically intimidating, Jullien was also an on-pitch leader, and one of Lenny’s most trusted players.

Whether he’d automatically get in the team at this stage, though, is another question.

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The form of Carl Starfelt, who’ll be back after the international break, and fellow summer signing Cameron Carter-Vickers, has been impressive. For all Celtic have been called frail and “kamikaze”, Celtic boast the best defensive record in the Scottish Premiership [BBC].

As options go, though, there are few better than Christopher Jullien. Admittedly, it may take him a while to develop match sharpness, having spent so much time out.

It’ll be great to have the big man back, though.

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