Wednesday 21 August 2019

Celtic to unleash new boy Jullien

Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Photo: PA
Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Celtic boss Neil Lennon will hand new signing Christopher Jullien his eagerly-awaited debut against Nomme Kalju tonight.

The Hoops face the Estonian champions in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier holding a healthy 5-0 advantage from their first meeting last week.

Powerful defender Jullien has been building up his match fitness since his £7million switch from Toulouse, and Lennon is ready to unleash him in Tallinn.

"Jullien needs some game time so he will start," said Lennon. "There's a few players we want to get up to match sharpness.

"He's been patient, he's worked very hard, he's had a couple of bounce games and he's ready to play now."

Lennon revealed Callum McGregor and James Forrest have not travelled in order to give them a rest ahead of Saturday's Premiership opener against St Johnstone.

Celtic are all but certain of a place in the third qualifying round, and a tie with either Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv or Cluj of Romania.

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