CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN is adamant Celtic will be worthy champions, whether the season continues or not.

The champions were heading for a ninth successive championship as they led the table by 13 points with only eight games to play before the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The SPFL are likely to award Neil Lennon’s side the Premiership crown if they are forced to call a halt to the top-flight campaign during these unprecedented times.

They have already blown the whistle on the Championship, League One and League Two and handed the titles to Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers while Partick Thistle and Stranraer have been relegated.

The Hampden chiefs, who have organised a meeting tomorrow, will have to make a decision on the Premiership in the near-future.

However, 27-year-old Jullien, like everyone else at Parkhead, is desperate to clinch nine in a row on the pitch and told the Sunday Mail: “We all want to finish the league, for sure.

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“We were on a great run, playing very good football. We felt so good before the league stopped just before our game against Rangers.

“We couldn’t wait to play that game. But if the decision is to finish it now and crown us champions – I think we deserve it.

“I want to finish the games. But we’re 13 points clear and we’ve shown our strength all season.

“Every time we had a bad moment we battled and come back stronger. If we have to play the games, we’re happy to do it. But if it cannot be done, in my mind, we deserve to be champions.”

Jullien, a £7million summer signing from Toulouse by Neil Lennon to fill the role vacated by Dedryck Boyata, added: “Football is so important in our lives, but it’s not the most important thing.

“Whenever I speak to my family it’s just to see everyone is safe and well. That’s what matters. We just want to get back to our old lives again.

“When you sit on the couch now and think about what you used to do – go into the city, have a nice meal – it’s difficult.

“We just pray that everything’s going to be fine.”

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