The one big Celtic question that still hovers over Christopher Jullien

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

The talk surrounding the future of Celtic centre-back Christopher Jullien has once again become a major talking point both amongst supporters and within the media.

The Daily Record reported last night that Jullien’s representatives had a meeting with the club in Paris last night. It’s claimed that the player has told Ange Postecoglou that he’s going nowhere and willing to fight for his future.

Naturally, that should lead many Celtic fans to admire the player’s commitment to trying to make it here. That he’s willing to go the extra mile and attempt to take a jersey from Cameron Carter-Vickers or Carl Starfelt respectively.

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However, at the same time, there’s a major question to be asked regarding how Ange Postecoglou views the prospect of Jullien staying towards the summer.

After all, the Greek-Australian appears to have had no real interest in giving him game-time over his last 5 months of availability. All Jullien was given was a short cameo appearance against Raith Rovers. He often found himself behind Stephen Welsh in the pecking order, which showed exactly where he was in the manager’s plans.

Ange was asked before the end of the season why neither Jullien nor Welsh were getting many minutes. He stated that centre-back wasn’t a position that he liked to rotate in often but that the Frenchman was indeed available and training. Jullien, meanwhile, is already on record as saying things will have to change next season if he’s to stay [Goal].

Christopher Jullien future still looks like it could be away from Celtic Park

This could also just be a way for Jullien to get his profile up again ahead of the summer window. Let’s not forget he’s been putting stuff out on social media of him getting ready for the new season too. It’s important not to read too much into the fact he’s wearing Celtic training gear as he does it.

If Ange had believed that he was good enough to be making an impact then he would’ve been given more opportunities in the second half of last season. Just because Jullien says that he wants to say doesn’t mean it’s a definite. Not if the manager thinks otherwise.

Let’s also not forget about the finances involved either. With the former Toulouse man into the final 12 months of his Celtic contract, time is running out to get a decent fee. If we don’t sell this summer, we’ll likely have to let him go for nothing or a nominal figure. At the moment, Celtic could still easily demand a 7-figure fee.

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The club won’t like the idea of losing player that cost them £7m for nothing [Scottish Sun]. Especially after paying his wages during a prolonged injury absence that halted his career. If you combine that with Ange not believing he’s got what it takes, then it only leads to one outcome.

Of course, this may not be the case. Postecoglou may be interested to see what Jullien has up his sleeve in pre-season. He could be eyeing up the kind of renaissance Ange has overseen in the likes of Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor. But that will only be allowed to happen if the manager believes Chris has it in him.

And that, at the moment, is the biggest question of all.

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