Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Christopher Jullien is closing in on a return to first-team action.
The Frenchman, who signed from Toulouse for £7m in 2019, has been sidelined for over a year with a knee injury, but Postecoglou says the defender is now making great progress:
“He’s working hard and we’re continuing to build him up so he’ll get an opportunity in the next few weeks. Then we’ll see how it goes.”
Jullien reportedly played in the second half for the Hoops in a behind-closed-doors friendly win against St Mirren earlier this week, along with new January signings Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.
While he isn’t expected to feature for Celtic against Hibernian tomorrow night, the game versus Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday could prove to be the ideal opportunity for him to improve his match fitness.
Jullien has not made an appearance in a competitive match since December 2020, and he will surely be chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch and play a big role for the Hoops in the second half of the season.