The Christopher Jullien decision Celtic may want to be wary of

By Lewis Laird

May 20, 2022

It has been a difficult 18 months for Celtic defender Christopher Jullien.

The Frenchman went through a long rehab after a serious knee injury before finally making his return earlier this year.

However, the 29-year old has only played once since then, in a short 16-minute stint at Celtic Park against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

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That game time will come as a frustration to Jullien after such an impressive season for both Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter Vickers at the centre of the Hoops back four.

Recently, the defender also spoke out about his future, admitting he would like to remain at the club, but game time is the most important thing at this stage of his career.

There is no doubting with the quality of player that Jullien is that he will have his suitors, and reports on Thursday suggested that several sides in France were interested in bringing him in the summer window.

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Despite his lack of game time and interest from elsewhere, Celtic may want to keep a hold of Christopher Jullien for a little longer this summer.

This is due to the current situation of on-loan Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter Vickers.

There is no doubting that those at the club and the Celtic fans would love to see the 24-year old come back permanently, and there is still every chance of that happening.

However, in the slight chance that it doesn’t, Celtic may be looking a little short in the centre-back area should Jullien and CCV not be at the club going into next season.

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Of course, there is the opportunity to buy new players in the summer window. But, we don’t want to be in the situation of having to rebuild the defence once again, particularly if the Carter Vickers deal drags on.

So, for now, Celtic might want to consider keeping the French defender at the beginning of the summer and assessing his situation at the club further down the line during the up-and-coming transfer window.

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