At 34 years of age, Scott Brown still remains the heart and soul of Celtic. At an age where most players are lucky to start in the odd cup tie, Broony remains a permanent feature in Neil Lennon’s side every week.
While his performances remain as consistent as ever, what Brown brings to the table that is even more important to this team is his ability to lead those around him, having done so for a decade.
As a result, it must have been a worrying sight for Lennon when the longtime Celtic captain limped off the pitch in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie against FC Copenhagen.
But Chris Sutton believes that Christopher Jullien could step in for Scott Brown if he is out for a significant length of time. In his column in the Daily Record, the former Celtic striker wrote:
“The French defender has never looked back since he had that starring performance at Ibrox against Rangers at the beginning of the season.
“Sure there’s been the odd moment, but, in the main, he’s developed into the sort of stopper you would expect to be getting when you shell out £7million.
“Jullien is brave. You could see that the other night when he was absolutely smashed in the face by a challenge and he recovered and responded in the ideal manner.
“He reads the game well and he made some vital interventions as he often does. The goals that he is managing to score down the other end of the field are just an added bonus.
“You can see that other players are responding to him now. He has a presence on the pitch and within the group which has been growing and developing since he signed.”
Jullien has been brilliant since joining the club in the summer and the Celtic board will certainly be happy with their hefty investment.