Some Celtic fans compare Christopher Jullien to Virgil Van Dijk

By Hamish Carton

September 20, 2019

Some Celtic fans are already comparing recent Hoops signing Christopher Jullien to Virgil Van Dijk.

The 6ft 5in Frenchman was imperious as Neil Lennon’s men earned a draw in his homeland against Rennes. Jullien won virtually everything in the air, put in several top challenges and also looked neat in possession in a terrific all-round display.

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Those are three characteristics of the world-class Van Dijk’s game, so it was no surprise to see some Celtic fans make the comparison on Twitter.

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Jullien and Van Dijk comparison is probably unfair

It is difficult not to make the odd comparison between Jullien and Van Dijk. The Dutchman is the best defender we’ve probably had this century so, much like new forwards and Henrik Larsson, he is set as the benchmark.

A much fairer comparison would be between Jullien and Dedryck Boyata. The former Toulouse man has basically taken Boyata’s role as our main centre-back following his move to Hertha Berlin at the end of last season.

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Boyata was a good player for us during his time at the club but he rarely put together a performance like Jullien did on Thursday. The Frenchman looks far more assured than his Belgian counterpart, and less likely to make a mistake on the big stage.

Celtic fans will just be hoping that there’s far more to come from the £7million summer signing. He’s still settling into his new surroundings and is yet to properly establish his defensive teammates. Once that all comes together we could be in for some special times.

But even then, comparisons to the wonderful Van Dijk may be a little far fetched.