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JULLIEN’S QUICKFIRE COMEBACK

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CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN is poised for a quickfire comeback to the first team after missing the 3-0 win over Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park yesterday.

Neil Lennon decided not to risk the French central defender on the dodgy plastic pitch in rain-lashed conditions where goals from Odsonne Edouard (pen), Leigh Griffiths and David Turnbull gave the Hoops three crucial points.

Jullien, who missed 17 consecutive games with a back problem earlier in the campaign, is ready to take his place at the heart of the rearguard when Dundee United visit Parkhead on Wednesday to bring down the curtain on an eventful 2020 in which the team clinched their ninth successive title and sealed the phenomenal quadruple treble with their victory over Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup Final.

Hoops gaffer Lennon, speaking to the Sunday Mail, revealed the absence of the French ace: “It’s just a slight knee problem from the Cup Final that’s been gnawing away, on this surface we didn’t want to take any chances.”

Nir Bitton took Jullien’s place against the Accies, but the £7million buy from Toulouse in the summer of 2019 will almost certainly line up against the Tannadice visitors in mdweek with the visit to Ibrox looming on Saturday.

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