NEIL LENNON has poured cold water over Christopher Jullien playing any part in at least Celtic’s first Champions League qualifier.

The Frenchman came in just under a week ago and started training with the club this week. He now faces the challenge of getting match fit then match sharp. This means Neil Lennon is unlikely to risk his new defender for the Sarajevo tie.

We are more likely to see Jullien for the first time when Rennes come to Celtic Park for a friendly a week on Saturday. This would mean the defender will have had a good two weeks of training under his belt and then a game against the French side to get him going.

If Jozo somehow is suspended for the game because of his red card during the friendly with St Gallen’s then a decision could be made to bring the defender in early but this doesn’t seem like a road Lenny wants to go down.

Speaking about the player and the potential of bringing in players before the Euro deadline for registering the squad, Neil was confident of getting one or two through the door. One of those players being Boli Mbombo.

“It’s too early to say where we are. We still need to get Jullien up to speed and are hoping to bring one or two more in before the July 4 deadline,” he told Record Sport.

“We are in good shape and with a couple more bodies in we will be even better.

“We know the areas we need to strengthen.

“But we had no injuries, which is important, against good opposition. We had some chances tonight, which I was pleased about, but we maybe needed a little bit more sharpness.

“We needed to take a little bit more care in the game but I’m really pleased with the work-rate and with the attitude of the players.”


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