Christopher Jullien has made his Celtic return, marking an end to his 12 months on the sidelines. The central defender was involved as Ange Postecoglou’s side beat St Mirren at Lennoxtown as intensity picks up ahead of the return to competitive action on Monday.
The Scottish Sun reports that Jullien played, as did Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Daizen Maeda, Joe Hart, Josip Juranovic, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Callum McGregor and James Forrest also playing. Although, it was Owen Moffat that grabbed the goal. The report also says that Jullien will likely not be involved in the opener of 2022 against Hibs but the Scottish Cup game against Alloa could be pencilled in as a date for the return to first team football.
In a win over Dundee United back in December 2020, the French defender rushed towards the goal and slid in to make a goal-saving clearance but was left grounded when his knee collided with the base of the post. The horror smash saw the central defender stretchered off. After that, in the midst of a painful recovery, he was embroiled in the Dubai-COVID affair after testing positive. It has been a horrible year for the 28-year-old with a number of setbacks adding to his return to fitness. Now, his imminent return will be a boost to the team with Jullien’s involvement like that of a new signing.