CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN is on the brink of returning to action – if Ange Posetcoglou can arrange a bounce game for the towering defender.

The French centre-back hasn’t kicked a ball in the first team this year since undergoing surgery on a knee injury sustained in the 3-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead on December 30.

While Jullien, a £7million buy from Toulouse in the summer of 2019, has been sidelined, the Hoops struggled in the heart of rearguard with the likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Shane Duffy being utilised while Ange Postecoglou brought in Carl Starfelt, a £4.2million purchase from Russian cracks Rubin Kazan, and US international Cameron Carter-Vickers, on a season-long loan from Spurs.

Stephen Welsh, Nir Bitton and teenager Dane Murray featured at the start of the campaign while the Hoops resisted the temptation to rush a return for Jullien.

Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We were always going to take our time with Chris.

“Getting a game for him would be good, but it’s a bit difficult with no reserve football.

“As he edges closer to a return, I am hoping we will have a few others in the same boat who need games and we can arrange some of those sort of bounce games.”

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