Celtic are coming to the end of a torrid 2020/21 season. The holding Scottish Premiership champions entered the campaign with sights set on cementing their tenth consecutive league title, however, their Glaswegian neighbours had other plans.
The runaway leaders and arch-rivals to the Hoops have completely flipped this season on its head. Rangers have dominated the league table and currently lead the reigning winners by a mammoth 15 points, despite Celtic once having three games in-hand.
The Gers’ blistering campaign teamed with a tough run for the Bhoys has left morale low in camp. Talks of Neil Lennon’s exit have circulated, and the likes of Jeremie Frimpong and Olivier Ntcham have left the club in some capacity.
To top off their disappointing form, Celtic have been hammered by injuries this term.
Christopher Jullien is one man who has barely seen any of the action due to ongoing problems with his back and knee problems. The centre-back has been absent for a total of 29 matches this season through injury and missed an extra three whilst self-isolation, as per Transfermarkt.
Kristoffer Ajer has carried the brunt of the defensive work in his absence and has been teamed up with ever-switching partners. However, there’s no good news surrounding Jullien’s injury woes.
In his latest Instagram post, the Frenchman is seen posing with his leg still in a brace, which is an alarming sight for any fans hoping he would be returning to training soon.
And now according to The Scotsman, Jullien could face between six to nine months out as he continues his recovery in his home country, France.
Evidently, the defending SPFL champions have suffered in his absence this term.
Indeed, when he’s been on the pitch, Lennon’s men have not lost a league game – also keeping six clean sheets – but without him, all three of their losses have occurred with the side only keeping a total of six clean sheets in a much larger timeframe, as per Transfermarkt.
This is just another reason to add to the list that has got fans desperate to see the back of this difficult season. It’s yet another cruel and gutting blow for the Parkhead faithful.
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