By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Celtic tipped to axe summer signing after inside source's Jullien reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has tipped Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou to reintroduce Christopher Jullien to the starting eleven as soon as he is “up to speed”.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old will help the struggling Hoops defend set-pieces with his height and physical presence.

Speaking to Celtic TV (September 22nd), Postecoglou revealed he expects Jullien to return to training after the international break.

Summer captures Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers have started three of the last four Scottish Premiership games together at the heart of the Celtic defence.

The Glasgow giants are without a clean sheet in three league games as they continue to trail rivals Rangers by six points.

A Celtic source told Football Insider that Jullien is progressing well in his injury recovery, and could return to action towards the end of this month.

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The centre-back has not featured since rupturing his cruciate ligament against Dundee United last December.

Whelan claimed the Frenchman’s return would add some “real quality” to a Celtic side struggling to keep opponents out.

“Celtic are lacking in height and physicality,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“When you’ve got someone like Jullien back in the side, who is a good six-foot-five, then that will help with their ability to defend set-piece situations.

“He’s been at the club a long time and he’s been one of the most consistent centre-halves when he’s played.

“I think he’ll be like a new signing; he will add real quality to that Celtic side.

“If he’s up to speed then he has to be starting – he’s a leader, a talker.

“They’ve gone out and got new centre-halves in but they haven’t quite compared to Jullien’s track record.

“The competition for places in that position will only make Celtic even stronger.”

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