Kilmarnock 1-3 Celtic was the scoreline at Rugby Park last night, but it wasn’t all plain sailing in Ayrshire.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Christopher Jullien ensured we went back to Glasgow with an important three points under our belts. But it was only after Jullien’s goal that the game was truly settled.
Nicke Kabamba’s consolation for Killie was a game-changing moment. It swung the match and suddenly made it a battle. Fortunately, big Jullien rolled the sleeves up and powered home a header to put us 3-1 ahead and end matters.
And his contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed within the Celtic support too. Reacting to his match-winning moment on social media, there was plenty of love being expressed for the Frenchman:
Griffiths corners and Jullien headers; a match made in heaven.
— Liam (@LK95_) January 22, 2020
Jullien's header was proper old school. Love it.
— Timothy Leary (@sharko67) January 22, 2020
Brilliant finish from Jullien!! Bullet header!! Great response to their goal #KILCEL
— 🍀 Celtic1967.com 🍀 (@Celtic1967_com) January 22, 2020
Christopher Jullien’s got the most iconic celebration in world football
— Ciaran (@CiaranMc67_) January 22, 2020
That is some noggin big Jullien’s got on him btw
— Elizabeth Tulloch ✨ (@elizabetullochx) January 22, 2020
It’s been a good while since we have managed so many goals from corners. God bless Jullien 😂☘️
— K (@laylaykee) January 22, 2020
Big jullien is unbelievable in the air
— Michael Hughes (@Michaelhughes96) January 22, 2020
I cannot emphasise enough how much I love Christopher Jullien
— Stuart Thomson (@Four_Four_Stu) January 22, 2020
Felt like his goal was overshadowed by other events but must be noted that Jullien is such an asset in the opposition box ⚽️🇫🇷
— Kyle 🍀 (@Kyle_Celtic_) January 22, 2020
Jullien’s threats from corners are becoming invaluable
It may sound harsh to say that the big man should’ve had one or two more from the set-pieces yesterday – but he should’ve done! Moments before his goal he was glancing another fine Leigh Griffiths delivery over the bar.
His threat from corners is clear to see. He’s constantly making runs and trying to tower over his marker to get on the end of it. Nine times out of 10 he is, and with the amount of set-pieces he connects with, he could be ending the campaign with 10 goals at this rate.
However, it’s at the back where his primary responsibilities lie. Credit to him for handling the new back three so well too. With so much spotlight on the performances of both himself and Kristoffer Ajer, you can see Jullien getting his confidence back up to his peak level. To go to Rugby Park and make it look like a stroll isn’t easy nowadays.
His goal was important. Not just for his confidence in attacking cross-balls, but with regards to the drive it should give him heading into some big domestic fixtures over the next couple of weeks.
But he hasn’t had much to answer for all season. He’s been a superb signing from Toulouse after the club splashed out £7million to bring him in over the summer (Scottish Sun). He’s produced stunning individual displays at the likes of Ibrox, Lazio, and Rennes too. You can count on one hand the poor games he’s had.
Even against Rangers back in December, Jullien was taking plenty of responsibility and trying to push his team forward. He’s becoming a leader without an armband, and last night’s goal was a key sign of that.