Alan Hutton claims Christopher Jullien will be targeted as a weak link in the Celtic side after his performance against Kilmarnock.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant Russell Edge, admits the 27-year-old was bullied by Nicke Kabamba on Sunday and that rivals will have taken notice.
The French centre-back conceded the penalty from which Kilmarnock equalised in the 1-1 draw, with Kabamba the man tripped by the Celtic star.
Hutton insists that it is not the first time Jullien has struggled to compete with a more physical striker and believes he will be singled out by rivals in the future.
“We’ve seen it before, we saw it with Lyndon Dykes when they played Livingston – I don’t really think he likes the physical side, to be honest, for someone so big,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He did get roughed up, I think you can get down the side of him as well, especially with runs in behind. I think he likes everything in front of him and to be nice and pretty.
“I think the Scottish game, you’re going to get the rough and tumble more than the other side of it so it’s something he’s going to have to get used to because that’s what people are going to try and do, try and rough him up and make it difficult.
“It wasn’t a great performance for him, overall he’s been excellent for Celtic but playing in the SPL, this is what you’ve got to deal with.”
Jullien, who stands at 6ft 5in [Transfermarkt] has played a total of 47 times for the Hoops to date.
He has been partnered by Kristoffer Ajer at the heart of the defence for the first two games of the season.
In other Celtic news, a Glasgow-born international has been tipped to sign for the Hoops after approach made.