By Frank McAvennie

1st Jan, 2021 | 8:30am

'I've Been There' - Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to Jullien injury latest pre-Celtic v Rangers

Christopher Jullien will recover from a knee injury to take his place in the Celtic team for Saturday’s showdown against Rangers.

That is according to Hoops legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Frenchman was stretchered off 51 minutes into Wednesday’s league win over Dundee United.

The 27-year-old colliding with the post following a last-ditch goal-line clearance early on in the second half.

After the game, manager Neil Lennon refused to rule Jullien in or out of Saturday’s trip to Ibrox but admitted “he’s impacted the knee on the post, it’s quite a heavy one”.

The manager added: We’re okay in terms of cover – but Christopher’s a big game player and we’d like him fit if possible.

Asked by Football Insider if he expected Jullien to struggle to make Saturday’s Ibrox humdinger, McAvennie said:

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“I don’t know, it is a knock to the knee. We have all been there, even amateurs have been kicked or knocked in the knee.

“It is sore for a day or so but this game will take care of itself.

“He will be looking forward to this game and I think him and Bitton will play at the back. I would think it is those two with Ajer at right-back.” 

Jullien was sorely missed by Celtic when he was sidelined with a back injury for two months earlier in the campaign.

The giant defender has been an integral member of the side since joining in the summer of 2019 for £7million.

In other news, Celtic race to sign two players in January and £8million will seal the deals.