Late developer Jullien, Turnbull and medicals


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. HEKNOWSWHOKNOWS on 26TH JUNE 2019 4:58 PM





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



    So is all the good stuffffffffffffffffff

  2. lets all do the huddle ? on

    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.






    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





    well u must have passed an early medical ?



    but dont count yer chooks yet, you still got plenty of time for things to go wrang ?

  3. BHOYLO83 on 26TH JUNE 2019 5:51 PM


    Truly awful stuff





    There will be no treble this season





  4. lets all do the huddle ? on

    so we sign hazard from chelsea for 150 million and play him in goals?

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    1-0 to Pinkafeld.



    Long range free kick, goalie (Hazard) palms it to feet of forward who scores.

  6. Easy but that’s what we missed last season



    Someone in the 6 yard box to finish

  7. Fool Time Whistle on

    Ryan Christie still looks like he’s got a real keeker.



    Needs more make up.

  8. Pinkos one up against a team wearing one of the worst Celtic strips seen since 1887.


    Who designs the tops? Is it Mr Byrite fae the 1970s? It certainly looks that way. They say the hoops won’t shrink to fit, I wouldn’t take a chance if you’re packing a few pounds. Ok enough fashion tips.


    And the “new” away doesn’t look a whole better, how can you go so wrong, firstly with the hoops, and then with colours such as gold and green, colours showing up well in the ICC as we speak.

  9. Fool Time Whistle on

    2nd half team changes



    Liam Morrison, Henderson, Aitchison, Johnson, Gutman are those I can see.



    Celtic TV team don’t know & say they’ll let us know




  10. I think 9 changes at half time as far as I can see just Barry Coffey & the Keeper are left of starting eleen.

  11. Fool Time Whistle on

    Karamoko & Scott Robertson are on too.



    3-1 Celtic.



    Early 2nd half goals from Johnson & Robertson (I think)

  12. 2nd half team, Doohan; Savoury, Morrison, Welsh, Gutman; Karamoko, Coffey, Robertson, Henderson, Johnston; Aitchison.

  13. Fool Time Whistle on

    Gerry McCullough & Paul Cuddihy musy have been on the hospitality…



    They are the last to know that Okoflex has come back on.



    Cuddihy speaking like he’s got a mouthful of vol-au-vents..



    Crumbs CSC

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