Did Celtic miss a trick by not involving Jullien against Sarajevo?

By John Reid

July 18, 2019

One of the most intriguing aspects of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Sarajevo on Wednesday was that recent £7 million signing Christopher Jullien was once more kept on the bench.

Just like in the first leg, the recent arrival didn’t get any game time, with Nir Bitton partnering Jozo Simunovic at the back.

That could be considered a mistake by the Hoops. Perhaps it would have been a good idea to give Jullien even half an hour of game time.

No friendlies on the horizon

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The reason for that is that Celtic so not have any friendlies between now and the second round of qualifiers. Therefore, Jullien will only see game time on the training pitch.

Giving Jullien some playing time against Sarajevo would have allowed the player to start to establish a partnership with Jozo Simunovic.

Expected to be number one centre-back

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With the money spent on Jullien, you would think he’d Hoops’ number one centre-back. As a result, you would expect him to play against Nomme Kalju in the second round of qualifiers.

However, that might not be the case. The game is less than a week away, and Jullien will only be able to prove his worth on the training ground.

That might be enough to persuade Hoops boss Neil Lennon to start the player in the match. However, it would have been a good idea to give the player a run-out against Sarajevo.