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JULLIEN BACKS ODSONNE’S FRENCH CONNECTION

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CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN insists his team-mate Odsonne Edouard is not too far from making his personal French Connection.

The countrymen – plus Olivier Ntcham – are poised to play against Nice in Lyon tomorrow night as preparations for the historic 10 in a row get underway.

Centre-back Jullien, who arrived at the Hoops in a £7million switch from Toulouse last summer, is tipping his talented team-mate to make the breakthrough to Dider Deschamps’ international squad in the near future.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Alexander Lacozete, Anthony Martial and Olivier Giroud are among the talented attackers vying for the coveted places in their nation’s firing squad.

Ex-Hoops fans’ favourite Moussa Dembele, who will face his old mates for host club Lyon on Saturday evening is also pushing for a spot with the head coach spoiled for choice in the forward areas.

But Jullien is convinced his 22-year-old Parkhead colleague will be alongside them soon.

The towering back-four operator, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Odsonne does a lot for the team and we all know it. I just know that he is going to try to put his name into Celtic by his way.

“I know that one day, he will be playing at the very highest level.

“Odsonne can get to the Euros next year. Definitely.

“The good thing for him is that many of the strikers are totally different. They are not all of the same.

“I have played against them. I play every day against Odsonne in training and I know that he is not the same type of player as Dembele.

“And Mbappe is also not the same. It can only be a good thing for France to have such choices.

“I just can’t wait to see him one day achieve that [reach senior squad]and I really hope that he will go on and do it.

“Odsonne can have it in his head because he was playing last season for the France Under-21s, so he still has the taste of the international break and getting away with the national team.”

Edouard completed last season as the team’s top scorer with 28 strikes and was well on to break the 30-goal mark with eight Premiership games and at least one Scottish Cup-tie still to play before the cornavirus pandemic forced football into cold storage in mid-March.

He will also get the opportunity on Tuesday to show his former side Paris Saint-Germain how much he has progressed at the nine-in-a-row champions since he signed a permanent £9million deal in June 2018.

 
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