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Late developer Jullien, Turnbull and medicals

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Toulouse central defender, Christopher Jullien, looks set to become Celtic’s first confirmed signing of the transfer window.  A 26-year-old, the €8m fee,  is a departure from Celtic’s strategy of signing young players they can develop into more valuable assets.  He is, however, a like-for-like replacement for Dedryck Boyata, who left for Hertha Berlin last month.

Neil Lennon will know what he is getting with Jullien.  He has been tested in a difficult league and there will be no repeat of the Marvin Compper fiasco, when millions were committed without proper diligence being carried out.

Jullien was a late developer.  He played only one top-flight game, for Freiburg in the Bundesliga, before joining Toulouse as a 23-year-old.  Since then he has been first choice for the Ligue 1 outfit.  This relatively low profile is probably why he remains attainable for Celtic.

At 6’5”, he is three inches taller than Boyata, who joined Celtic as a 24-year-old, having played roughly the same number of top-flight games as Jullien at that age.  I will be delighted to see the paperwork sorted and the player pass his medical.

Speaking of which, there are reasons why we do medicals.  A discrepancy was flagged in Jozo Simunovic’s medical four years ago.  The player was sent to Harley St for a second opinion, which gave Celtic enough confidence to complete the signing.  Jozo has hobbled in and out of the team ever since.

Whatever the problems with David Turnbull’s medical, millions are not casually spent on any player with an expectation he will sit in the stand, or fail any future medical, which would inhibit any resale value.

Let’s hope the boy’s health is good, first and foremost, and that a way forward is found.

Hope the players get a good stretch against Austrian fourth tier SC Pinkafeld tonight.

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  1. you would think after Judas you wouldn’t parade aplayer in front of media until signed and sealed! Glad we have a CH.. need another and RB/LB (as cover hopefully) and CF.. though wold love JA to get some game time this year

  2. traditionalist88 on

    MARADOMINIC on 26TH JUNE 2019 1:43 PM

     

    Glad we have a CH.

     

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    He’s no been paraded yet ;)

     

     

    HH

  3. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Not sure I would call Ligue 1 “low profile”, Paul. Any idea if anybody else was looking at him?

     

    Certainly a lot of money for a CB. Would have thought for that outlay we could have got a DM who could play CB and covered two priority positions. Anyway, hope he’s good!

  4. traditionalist88 on

    GLASSTWOTHIRDSFULL on 26TH JUNE 2019 2:04 PM

     

    Certainly a lot of money for a CB. Would have thought for that outlay we could have got a DM who could play CB and covered two priority positions.

     

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    Feck, why did nobody think of just going out to one of those trees on which they grow and picking one!

     

     

    Seriously though, we look like we’re signing a quality CB, a very specialised position, can we be happy about that without expecting him to double job!

     

     

    HH

  5. Just think how buzzin this place would be if we had just announced the signing if Shved?

     

     

    I think people seem to forget about him

     

     

    He might be good, he might be crap, but going by Youtube videos (which most of us do when we sign a new player) he looks a very good player

     

     

    Hopefully he gets a run out later today

  6. they must have offered Julienne a carrot to make him chop his time in Toulouse short……..

  7. TRADITIONALIST88 on 26TH JUNE 2019 1:56 PM

     

    Scottish giants Celtic sign Ghanaian youngster Ewan Otoo

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A 16-year old Scotland-based Ghanaian footballer, Ewan Otoo, has signed a two-year deal for Scottish giants, Celtic, with the aim of developing his potential so enable him to excel at club level and become very competitive.

     

     

     

    https://footballghana.com/scottish-giants-celtic-sign-ghanaian-youngster-ewan-otoo

     

     

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    Check out his photo in the profile. 16 year old? Looks more like 26. Even has a moustache.

  8. Timaloy29, didn’t Lenny hint recently that he would like tae play KT bit further forward.

  9. lets all do the huddle ? on

    I always wondered why new signings went through s medical before completing the deal.

     

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    i think its equivalent to a couple getting married

     

     

    they give each other a year or 2 of ‘medicals’ before completing the deal :-)

  10. HeknowsWHOknows on

    Hail Hail Trhoops and Throopettes,

     

     

    SO!!!! No I’m not an infiltrator, I used to be Singapore Celt :-)

     

     

    Anyway hope everyone is grand and enjoying the weather (whilst it lasts) .

     

     

     

    I thought I would put it out there for debate: Was it right for the Social Media statement made by Celtic slating the now TURNBULL SAGA??

     

     

     

    I trust Lennon but I think the PR side of the business needs sorted…

     

     

    Love to all

     

     

    Hail Hail

  11. Fool Time Whistle on

    EXPAT_CELT on 26TH JUNE 2019 2:47 PM

     

     

    That’s another guy who is actually 27 years old. Click on the photo

     

    Otoo must be as common as Smith, Jones or Dembele…

  12. I think, considering the injury problems we’ve had with Tom Rogic, Celtic have every right to take their time over Turnbull

  13. I’ll be in Timmy’s in Torreblanca on the Costa Del Sol for the match later. Feel free to join me & Dr. Marc if you are out this way.

  14. traditionalist88 on

    LEIGH Griffiths and Ryan Christie both return to action today as Celtic continue their pre-season preparations with a match against SC Pinkafeld (KO: 5.30pm Celtic Park time).

     

     

    Neil Lennon’s side travelled to Austria on Monday following a week working at Lennoxtown, and this is the first of three games the Hoops will play before returning home.

     

     

    Griffiths is back after missing the second half of last season, while Christie, who suffered multiple facial fractures in the Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Aberdeen, is looking forward to his first match action since then.

     

     

    Kick-off today (Wednesday) is 5.30pm Celtic Park time, and is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE ON Celtic TV. Subscribe to Celtic TV before 4.30pm today to watch the Hoops in action.

     

     

    For all the pre-match build-up and live up-dates head to the official Celtic Twitter – @CelticFC.

     

     

    CELTIC: Hazard, Ralston, Simunovic, Welsh, Hayes, Coffey, Christie, Oko-Flex, Miller, Griffiths, Sinclair.

     

    Subs: Doohan, Gutman, Savoury, Morrison, Henderson, Aitchison, Johnston, Dembele, Robertson.

  15. CELTIC: Hazard, Ralston, Simunovic, Welsh, Hayes, Coffey, Christie, Oko-Flex, Miller, Griffiths, Sinclair.

     

    Subs: Doohan, Gutman, Savoury, Morrison, Henderson, Aitchison, Johnston, Dembele, Robertson.

  16. HEKNOWSWHOKNOWS @ 3:05 PM,

     

     

    Great to see you back posting, mentioned you and the SingTims t’uther week.

     

     

    Yes, fraid I’m with you on the PR – however I believe this to be a manifestation of the attitude within the Celtic hierarchy in general:(

     

     

    Hail Hail

  17. HeknowsWHOknows on

    Cheers ChairBhoy… Look forward to catching up with all things Celtic!!

     

     

    P.S. If Tierney goes to ARSE (A) NAL then bigger fool him!!

     

     

    Hail Hail – HKWKnotwantingafight

  18. embdy know if the games on a streaming site, can’t see it on hesgoa

     

     

    BigjoeknowsifhegoesAshore inthePonceitwillgetmessy

  19. HeknowsWHOknows on

    BIGjoe, WHATSSSUUUUP

     

     

    Don’t you know streaming is illegal :-_ (Livettvnetdotsc)

  20. LETS ALL DO THE HUDDLE ? on 26TH JUNE 2019 3:03 PM

     

     

    I always wondered why new signings went through s medical before completing the deal.

     

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    i think its equivalent to a couple getting married they give each other a year or 2 of ‘medicals’ before completing the deal :-)

     

     

    *By the time I knew Mrs TT 2 years we had a 6 month old lol, still 53 years and 7 grandweans later we must have done something right

  21. Notice we have a lhad on the bench that we initially freed in May, good luck tae him.

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