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JULLIEN: ‘TOO EARLY TO SAY’

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CELTIC face an anxious wait over Christopher Jullien before they take on Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox on Saturday.

The French central defender was stretchered off shortly after the interval in the 3-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead this afternoon.

The champions were two goals ahead through long-range strikes from Ismaila Soro – his first for the club – and David Turnbull when the centre-back collided with an upright as he cleared a certain goal off the line after Marc McNulty had knocked an effort beyond Vasilas Barkas.

Jullien raced back to hook the ball clear, but his momentum carried him into the post and he clattered his left leg off the woodwork.

He had to be given treatment behind the goal before the stretcher was called to take him back to the dressing room. Nir Bitton came on as a substitute with Shane Duffy remaining on the bench.

Jullien, who was just coming back into the line-up after a slight knee knock kept him out of the 3-0 victory over Hamilton Accies on Boxing Day, must now be rated extremely doubtful for the Govan confrontation.

Asked if the £7million former Toulouse defender would make the next game, Neil Lennon, in a report in the Daily Record, answered: “We don’t know yet. It looks pretty painful.

“He was in a lot of pain coming off, there was a lot of swelling. Hopefully, that will settle over the next couple of days.

“But it’s too early to say.”

THREE AND EASY – AND THEN JULLIEN SCARE

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