Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Christopher Jullien was substituted in the 4-0 win against Aberdeen due to an illness.
The Frenchman was replaced by Nir Bitton after half time, but with the Hoops already 4-0 up, it wasn’t much of a risk taking the defender out of the firing line. Lennon does, though, think the centre-back may be a doubt for their next game:
“He has got a virus, it’s been going around, I’ve had it myself for a couple of weeks. We hope that he will be ok in a couple of days, we’ve got St Mirren on Wednesday night and we’ll see how he is.”
The game against St Mirren is at home, and with their opponents struggling at the wrong end of the league table, Celtic fans won’t be too concerned if Jullien needs to be rested ahead of the League Cup semi-final against Hibs on Saturday.
While Bitton would be one option that Lennon will consider, Hatem Abd Elhamed can also play in the centre of defence if called upon. Jozo Simunovic is still unavailable, though, with the Croatian recovering from knee surgery that will keep him out until the New Year.