TOP-FLIGHT French clubs are monitoring Christopher Jullien’s situation at Celtic.

The 29-year-old centre-back, who cost £7million when Neil Lennon bought him from Toulouse in the summer of 2019, has not started a game for the Hoops since his appearance in the 3-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead on December 30 2020.

Jullien collided with a post as he prevented a certain goal shortly after the interval and had to be stretchered off. Knee damage required surgery which saw him sidelined for the remainder of the season to forget.

NOW YOU SEE ME…Christopher Jullien prepares to come on as a substitute in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Raith Rovers on February 13.

However, the towering defender, who has only had a 16-minute cameo substitute’s role in the Scottish Cup against Raith Rovers in February, insists he has been 100 per cent fit since the turn of the year and he was “unsatisfied” with the lack of game time, as CQN reported last week.

Now several Ligue 1 clubs are looking at the defender’s position and could launch moves this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.

Jullien, who missed out making the squad for the 6-0 win over Motherwell at the weekend as the curtain came down on a memorable title-winning campaign, said: “I still have a year of contract and I’d like to continue playing here, but my priority is to be on the pitch.

RARING TO GO…Christopher Jullien goes through a training exercise at Lennoxtown this year.

“If the conditions do not change, it is certain that on my side the door will be open to continue my career elsewhere at a club where the coach would be happy to rely on my qualities.”

Ange Postecoglou’s preferred double-act in the heart of his rearguard has been Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, two players he brought to the club in summer, with Scotland Under-21 stopper Stephen Welsh ahead of Jullien in the pecking order.

Increasingly, it looks as though a move for the Frenchman may be the ideal solution to his predicament.


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