Report: Celtic defender set for medical with French Ligue 1 side

By Lewis Laird

August 22, 2022

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien is reportedly set to have a medical with French Ligue 1 side Montpellier on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old has had a difficult few years at Parkhead, after arriving for a fee in the region of £7 million under Neil Lennon back in 2019.

After a positive start to life as a Celtic player in his first season, the defender went on to face his fair share of injury knocks, including a serious knee injury, which kept him out for over a year.

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Since returning from injury back in January, Jullien has gone on to make only one appearance under Ange Postecoglou, coming off the bench against Raith Rovers in February.

The Frenchman has failed to break into the 56-year-old’s plans, finding himself falling down the pecking order behind Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt and Stephen Welsh’s last campaign.

Jullien looked all set to complete his exit away from the club earlier this summer after holding talks with Bundesliga side Schalke.

However, that move ultimately broke down, which resulted in the defender returning to Lennoxtown and being involved in the Hoops’ pre-season preparations.

Although the defender did feature during the Bhoys’ pre-season friendly outings and even scored in a 7-0 win over Wiener Viktoria, many believed his Parkhead future was all but over upon the arrival of new signing Mortiz Jenz.

As we approach the final few weeks of the window, Jullien’s future looks like it may be resolved as he prepares for a move back to France with Montpellier.

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According to a report from French outlet L’Équipe, the defender is set to have a medical at the Ligue 1 side on Tuesday.

The medical is likely to play a huge part in whether Montpellier chooses to go forward with the deal after the injury issues Jullien has suffered in recent years.

However, if he can pass the examinations, it would be the ideal move for the central defender to be back in his homeland and playing regular football once again.

It may not have been a great few years for Christopher Jullien and Celtic, but hopefully, the defender can get his future sorted this week after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

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