Celtic extended their lead at the top of the SPFL to seven points on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over Hamilton.
The hosts were penned into their own half during the second 45 minutes as the Hoops pressed and probed for a breakthrough, and they eventually got the goal they were deeply craving courtesy of a fine finish from Christopher Jullien.
The towering central defender temporarily assumed the role of an auxiliary striker and opened up his body to caress a volley into the far corner following a low cross from Ryan Christie.
It was a devilish finish at a perfect time but concerns over his defensive prowess manifested during the course of the game.
Indeed, fans on Twitter were eager to point out his difficulty in dealing with Marios Ogboe’s physicality and made that point clear on social media.
This supporter was left so frustrated by the 26-year-old’s struggle to deal with his opposite number that he went as far to suggest that Celtic overpaid with their £7m deal.
Jullien bossed by Dykes at Livingston. JL…I've learned my lesson. Today at Hamilton… Jullien again let's a physical CF boss him… not a £7M defender. Never…
— John Gerard Collins (@collinsjg57) February 2, 2020
Elsewhere supporters expressed similar complaints in their droves.
He may well have scored the vital breakthrough goal to put the visitors in front but it seems he will need to improve his ability to deal with powerful centre-forwards in order to fully win over the entirety of the fanbase.
Jullien being rag dolled by any striker with a bit of strength is my worry.
— Alan King (@alan_k85) February 2, 2020
Poor from Celtic first half. Jullien weak once again v a big striker. Ajer also looks nervy. I’d take welsh off and get Rogic on
— Jack Dempsey (@jkd_jack) February 2, 2020
Jullien really doesn’t like playing against big strikers. Morelos, Dykes and now Ogkmpoe
— James◢ ◤ (@JamesMck1888) February 2, 2020
Three things to take from today
– Jullien canna handle a big physical striker
– Griffiths' should be aff corners
– Edouard best striker since Larsson
— Grant Milne (@Grant67Milne) February 2, 2020
Any physical striker and jullien turns into a flapping mess !
— Liam McGeachy (@liammcgeachy88) February 2, 2020
Jullien just cant handle big physical strikers ,
— TONY CARROLL (@papatony7) February 2, 2020
Finally, one fan incorporated Rangers into his analysis by suggesting the signing of Florian Kamberi on deadline day was made to expose Jullien’s key weakness.
They signed Kamberi because Jullien can't handle physical strikers. We signed Sorro to benefit Dudu Dahan. Levels.
— C67 (@Cr02887062) February 2, 2020