By Noel Whelan

20th Jun, 2022 | 3:30pm

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Christopher Jullien will need to hold showdown talks with Ange Postecoglou at Celtic during pre-season, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and Aberdeen forward claimed Celtic should cut Jullien loose if he is not prepared to fight for his place.

The 29-year-old, who only has a year left on his contract, is fully fit after making just one appearance in the 2021-22 season due to a serious knee injury.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt established themselves as Postecoglou’s first-choice centre-back pairing and now Carter-Vickers has turned his loan from Tottenham into a permanent move.

The Daily Record reported that the Hoops are ready to listen to offers for Jullien as a result but they have received no firm offers.

“This is what pre-season is all about,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“It doesn’t matter what partnership finished the season, it doesn’t mean they are going to start the season.

“I don’t think they can really afford to let him go right now without a replacement coming in.

“This is something where you’ve got to have these open and honest talks between player and manager to find out where they are at.

“They are going to need cover as well. I don’t think the two centre-halves at Celtic are going to go through the whole season without suspension, injuries or niggles. That’s the door open then for Jullien.

“He needs to be ready mentally and physically to come in and keep that player out. That’s how it works at clubs and we’ve seen it many, many times. Someone starts the season really well, gets an injury that keeps them out for a couple of months then you’ve got to bide your time. The tables are turned.

“It’s not a given that these two are your number one choice. Strange things happen in pre-season and throughout the season as well.

“You’ve got to be mentally prepared but if he’s not prepared to sit on the bench and wait then you’ve got to cut a player loose because it’s a team game.”

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