Christopher Jullien was on the scoresheet as Celtic recorded a 2-1 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The defender opened the scoring in the seventh minute, before Odsonne Edouard netted in the second period to help Neil Lennon’s side secure the victory.
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And a whole host of Celtic fans took to social media to lavish praise on the 26-year-old for his contribution to what was a very important win.
The French Maldini.
— ً (@cfcbenyu) December 21, 2019
Best defender in the world
— J. (@notJ0E) December 21, 2019
Best Centre Back in the league, there’s no argument
— Swatt1888 (@MonEhHoops67) December 21, 2019
The best CB since Charlie Mulgrew!🍀🍀
— Liam Markey (@liammarkey7) December 21, 2019
Meanwhile, a number of other supporters referenced a certain Virgil van Dijk when discussing Jullien, with the now Liverpool centre-back turning out for the Scottish giants between 2013 and 2015.
the best since VVD
— Rossy🍀 (@KeatingRoss88) December 21, 2019
Better than Virgil
— Marcus (@MarcusT1402) December 21, 2019
Jullien best we’ve had last 10 years except Van Dijk
— Jordan (@_Jordan_Leitch) December 21, 2019
It would be some story if Jullien went on to follow van Dijk, who finished second in the recent Ballon d’Or rankings after enjoying an excellent 2019 – helping Liverpool win the Champions League, in addition to playing a key role in the Netherlands reaching the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
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For now, though, the Hoops ace will be focused on winning silverware for his current club, who he joined from Toulouse in a £7m deal during the summer transfer window.