Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that defender Christopher Jullien will spend several more months on the sidelines.
Jullien ruled out again
Speaking before yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox (cited by Anthony Joseph), the Irish tactician said that the 27-year-old will out for “three to four months” with a knee injury.
This comes after Jullien returned to the first-team at the end of November after missing 13 games following a strenuous knock to his back at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign (TransferMarkt).
The 6 foot 4 centre back has only played 14 games in all competitions so far during a season which has been hampered with fitness issues for the former France U20 international.
Since his £7.2m move from Toulouse in 2019, Jullien has scored 10 goals and provided four assists from 61 outings (TransferMarkt), and was previously described as “excellent” by his manager Neil Lennon who is a huge fan of his defensive work.
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Celtic supporters will feel like they have been kicked while they are down. After their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Rangers yesterday in what was a huge game for the Bhoys, Jullien’s extended absence will hurt even more.
The Hoops are now 19 points behind their arch-rivals, albeit with a few games in hand. But the pressure will be on Lennon to bring fresh faces in over the next four weeks.
Time will tell whether he needs to sign a centre-back to fill Jullien’s shoes during that time. But whatever happens, Celtic must bridge the gap to ease the pressure on the manager.
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