Pundit Believes Returning Star Has Been Handed Psychological Boost

Celtic defender Christopher Jullien may not have made his return to action on the field last night. However, BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart believes that the Frenchman has taken a huge psychological step after being involved in Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

The 28-year old was named amongst the substitutes in the Hoops 2-1 win over Alloa, making a long-awaited return to the squad after 13 months out on the sidelines due to injury.

Speaking in the aftermath of the game, Stewart stated his belief that Jullien has now taken a huge step in his recovery by being available for selection under Postecoglou for the first time on Saturday.

“You can just imagine the frustration Christopher Jullien’s had,” he said, speaking to Premier Sport.

“13 months, for an injury that originally you wouldn’t have suspected was going to be that long, at all.

“For him psychologically, getting this close is a bonus. Even though he’s not been able to get back on the park, and I’d imagine for the manager it’s a good sight to have, another centre-half back in the squad.

“A lot of games coming up; it’s a big, big player that he’s getting back in.”

As Stewart mentions, it has been a long road to recovery for the big defender, but the hard part might just be out the way now.

Last night might have been a good opportunity to see Jullien introduced and take another step forward. However, that wasn’t possible due to injuries elsewhere in the squad on the night.

Hopefully, it isn’t too long before we can see Jullien back in the Green and White Hoops, which will come as a huge boost to both the player and Postecoglou.

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