Christopher Jullien impressed the Parkhead faithful in Celtic’s pivotal 2-0 win over AIK on Thursday.
Neil Lennon’s men gave themselves a big advantage ahead of the return leg in Sweden next week thanks to two second-half goals. Strikes from James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard gave the Celts the win, but it was the performance of Jullien that really caught the eye of the fans.
Signed from Toulouse for £7m, the centre-back had struggled to make an impression at Parkhead before the play-off tie, but he performed very well in what was a patched-together back four.
Lennon admitted ahead of the crunch tie that he had as many as three defensive concerns. Hatem Abd Elhamed missed out, but Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer were passed fit and played either side of the Frenchman as they kept an encouraging clean sheet.
Jullien’s display is very timely, as the fans are fuming with their club’s transfer business. The 26-year-old’s role in the 2-0 win has given the fans hope that he can justify his massive pricetag and become a consistent member of the Hoops backline.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter about their new signing:
Excellent win tonight for Celtic, controlled the majority of the game vs Sweden’s Champions, Odsonne Edouard was borderline unplayable & James Forrest does what’s become normal, scoring big goals in big games, Christie was a threat all night & Jullien looked like a £7m defender.
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) August 22, 2019
Good performance tonight from Celtic. Edouard maturing all the time. Jullien solid tonight. Crucial clean sheet but still work to do⚽️
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 22, 2019
Well played Celtic ???? Dominated throughout and only disappointment is we didn’t score more. Still work to do next week but we’ll be a threat over there as well. Whisper it, Jullien and Bolingoli played very well ?
— AM (@annemarie6377) August 22, 2019
Jullien won absolutely everything. Thought he was excellent. ??
— Gary ScottishEagle ??????? (@garydg7) August 22, 2019
Bolingoli and Julien both looked like Celtic players tonight.
— Roomathetop (@roomatthetop67) August 22, 2019
Jullien very impressive tonight big man solid in the air
— Eddie Donnelly (@eddiedonnelly88) August 22, 2019
You would have had your work cut out playing against big Julian’s performance tonight and that’s saying something..great result few more players in and we are on for 9iar and hopefully still europe after christmas ??
— ?Conor DEV? (@ConorDevlin18) August 22, 2019