By Frank McAvennie

13th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Celtic told to sign 'next Bobo Balde' after big development

Frank McAvennie urged Celtic to sign another centre-half after Christopher Jullien was exposed by Kilmarnock’s Nicke Kabamba last weekend.

The former Bhoys and West Ham forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, wants a more aggressive defender at Parkhead in the mould of former Hoop Bobo Balde.

Jullien came unstuck against Livingston’s Lyndon Dykes last season and had similar problems against Kabamba on Sunday which had led to concern over the player’s ability to defend against physical strikers.

Jose Simunovic left at the end of May upon the expiration of his contract to leave Neil Lennon with just two out-and-out centre-backs at the club.

Hatem Abd Elhamed can play in the middle but has been predominantly utilised at right-back since his arrival from Hapoel Beer Sheva 12 months ago.

When asked by Football Insider if Jullien’s performance against Kilmarnock highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements, McAvennie said:

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“He is a big honest boy but he needs to grow a set.

“Sometimes you are going to come up against players that are bigger and stronger than you. That did not used to bother me. You have got to be clever. Alan Hansen was the perfect example, he read the game so well and he never got caught out by anyone.

“Jullien has got to learn because that is Dykes and this boy Kabamba that have given him a hard time.

“Jullien is a good player but sometimes I would like someone in there like Bobo Balde who will just got and win the ball. That game highlighted the need to sign another centre-half.” 

Balde made 233 appearances for the Hoops during an eight-year spell at Parkhead.

He was part of the club’s famous squad that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2003.

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