Why it makes perfect sense for Jullien to make European debut

By John Reid

July 16, 2019

Neil Lennon’s Celtic team selection for Wednesday night’s Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo will certainly be interesting.

The Hoops might be 3-1 ahead after the first leg, but the Hoops boss will want to take any chances when it comes to the side that is picked.

Strong side will be selected

Therefore, you would imagine it would be a very strong side that is selected by the Hoops manager. One player that it would make perfect sense for the Celtic boss to select for the game is recent £7 million signing Christopher Jullien.

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Jullien made his Hoops debut in the recent 0-0 draw with Rennes. However, he has yet to make his competitive debut for the Hoops. That should change against Sarajevo.

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Important to get game time ahead of second round

Not only would it be good for the player to make his competitive debut at Celtic Park. But it is important that he gets game time ahead of the second round of the qualifiers.


That would give Jullien a chance to familiarise himself with his team-mates. Should Jullien play against Sarajevo, it will be intriguing to see who he partners with in the Hoops defence.

It could well be Jozo Simunovic, with Kristoffer Ajer once again at right-back. If the duo turn in a good performance, it might well make sense to start the pair in the next round.

Only time will tell on that front, but Jullien should start against Sarajevo.