Writing in his weekly Daily Record column, former Celtic hero Chris Sutton is impressed with the additions that manager Neil Lennon has made to his defence this season, believing they’re set to have big UEFA Europa League campaigns.
Both Forster and Jullien were big parts of the Hoops’ positive start to life in the group stages on Thursday, helping the team to a 1-1 draw away to Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Sutton notes that in the wake of the Cluj disaster the big improvements he called on lay in the goalkeeping and defensive departments.
Having watched Lennon’s side in action this week, he feels we’re heading in the right direction, predicting that Forster in particular will play a crucial role.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the former striker said: “Fraser Forster might not have had a lot to do, but you can see he has that stature and presence and he’s going to be massive for the team in the rest of the competition.
“In front of him, Christopher Jullien looks like he’s going to a rock for Celtic.
“It’s dangerous to go overboard on players early but my impression is he makes good decisions defensively. He attacks it at the right times and drops off at the right times.
“Jullien doesn’t like a bombscare to me. He has the makings of a leader and he was terrific back in his homeland.”
Since the Cluj debacle, Celtic have been very consistent results-wise. In fact we haven’t been beaten once in any competition, conceding just six goals, never more than once in a single match.
Our new solid defensive foundations have undoubtedly helped us, both in terms of stopping the opposition but being more confident in our own possession and positioning.
As Sutton notes, Jullien shows a leadership on the park that, in combination with his attributes and skills, has been hugely beneficial to our performances.
Likewise with Forster, who has the personality to have his defensive line under control at critical moments.
We’re far from the finished product. We’re definitely not perfect. However, Sutton is right to feel confident in our chances, with these kinds of players installed as key members of Lennon’s team.