Neil Lennon will be buzzing to have Christopher Jullien back from injury after the recent defensive issues at Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the 27-year-old is a “big figure” for the Bhoys and that he has been sorely missed in his absence.

As confirmed by Lennon at his pre-match press conference, the French centre-back is in contention to start for the first time in two months against Sparta Prague after returning from a back injury.

Jullien has played seven times across all competitions this season, with two goals and two assists under his belt, but last featured in a matchday squad at the start of October.

Hutton has insisted the Hoops will be buzzing to have the colossal defender back and suggested he could make a big difference in turning the club’s form around.

Hutton told Football Insider: I think Lennon will be glad to have him back, he does have a calmness about him, he’s a big figure for them.

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“He was part of, last season even, them being defensively sound so it will be good to get him back. I think when he was in the back three they probably looked at their best defensively.

“I think Lennon’s still trying to figure out what his best partnerships are, what his best formation is – which isn’t great this late on in the season – but he’ll be glad to have him back as another option.

“Obviously Duffy has struggled also, he’s not been in the team, so he’ll be glad to get him back.”

Celtic have won seven out of 13 games without Jullien this season but suffered defeat in their opening three Europa League group stage ties.

The Frenchman has a total of 53 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys since joining from Toulouse last summer.

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