CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN has praised his central defensive partner Kristoffer Ajer as he prepares for the three-game run-in to the turn of the year.

The £7million Frenchman, who will line up against Aberdeen at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon, also admitted he is relishing the rigours of a hectic December schedule at the eight-in-a-row champions with a match against St Mirren in Paisley due on Boxing Day and a visit of Steven Gerrard and Co a week on Sunday.

Jullien, speaking to the club website, said: “Kris has a bright future and a good present. He’s a young player and everyone here knows his quality. He has good leadership skills and he’s going to just keep going. I’m really happy to be working with him.

“Every day is a new challenge and every game is a new challenge. Every game I can learn – and that’s what I want to do.”

IN WITH A SHOUT…Kristoffer Ajer celebrates Christopher Jullien’s winner in the League Cup Final.

Jullien looked back to the first league meeting of the campaign between the Hoops and the Dons at Pittodrie in October when Neil Lennon’s men went on a first-half scoring spree with Odsonne Edouard, Jeremie Frimpong, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi on target in an eventual 4-0 victory.

The 26-year-old towering defender added: “We played very well in that game and I hope it’s going to be the same tomorrow. Since the beginning of the season, we’ve had the mentality to create chances in every game.

“This is the first time I’ve played in December in Scotland, but it’s really good to be busy. the momentum we have at the moment is unbelievable and we need to do everything we can to keep that going.

“It’s the goal to win every game from now until the end of the year. We know that every game is tough. We’ve got to give everything we’ve got before now and the break.

“We have to do our work first, think about our own game, and we will see what happens there. From that, we’re in a good position. Since the beginning of the season, my team-mates make me comfortable in every situation. We speak to each other a lot during games and I think it’s good for us to play in every system.

“In games, you sometimes have to change mid-game and I think that’s good for the team.”

The Hoops notched up their ninth successive league victory when they overcame Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle in midweek and they will be aiming to take that sequence into double figures against Derek McInnes’ outfit tomorrow afternoon.



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