Neil Lennon confirms transfer intention after brutal Christopher Jullien update

By John McGinley

February 20, 2021

Neil Lennon has confirmed Celtic will be making the centre-back position a priority in the next transfer window after the update on Christopher Jullien’s injury.

The Bhoys boss had initially hoped that Jullien would only be out of action for three or four months after colliding with the woodwork during a December match against Dundee United.

However, after surgery, the timeframe for a return has been considerably lengthened and Jullien isn’t expected to be back in action until well into the new season.

Asked if Jullien’s absence alters the club’s transfer planning, Lennon told The Scottish Daily Mail (20/02 print edition, page 114): “Absolutely. We did try to get Ben Davies in, we lost out on that one (to Liverpool). So we will need to strengthen.”

Shane Duffy is due to return to Brighton after a season-long loan, meaning Celtic will be short of numbers during the summer European qualification period.

That’s before we even consider a potential Kristoffer Ajer exit, or have concerns about Stephen Welsh’s lack of experience.

We’re effectively an injury away from real crisis in the defensive line.

Realistically we should be looking at the recruitment of at least two quality, first-team central defenders this summer.

That’s an added headache in a summer of enormous upheaval already.

The recruitment team have their work cut out for them in the coming months.

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