Christopher Jullien has opened up about the result that sent Celtic crashing out of the Champions League in August.

The new Celtic defender reflected on what happened and admitted to SunSport the players were devastated by the defeat to Cluj.

Celtic had come from behind at Celtic Park on the night and looked to be heading through to the play-off stage of the completion when 20 minutes of frantic football and madness ensued.

Cluj got their equaliser and when Celtic chased for a goal to send them through they were hit with a fourth.

Jillien didn’t play the game against Cluj with Neil Lennon unwilling to throw the defender into the mix so early in his Celtic career. Speaking about the result the Frenchman was honest.

“After that game we were devastated because it was a goal of the club and players (to reach the Champions League). It was just a mistake. We are human – but the reaction we’ve shown was really important.” Jullien admitted.

“We know we have talent and good players but we fought after that and I’m really happy with the team’s behaviour after (Cluj).

On the Ibrox result:

“We didn’t have so much talk on what was being said outside of the field. We were just focused on the game and the victory was a good answer after all the effort we showed.

“We still have a lot of work to do and so far we’re only one month in. We are good but I’m sure we can be better.”

Celtic now have a shot at redemption in the Europa League having drawn the Romanian Champions Cluj again. The players know they didn’t do themselves justice and will hopefully get some retribution when the time comes.

Celtic kick off their Europa campaign against Rennes in France later in September.


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