By Paul Robinson

14th Sep, 2021 | 1:00pm

Jullien 'like a new signing' for Celtic after major source update - pundit

Christopher Jullien will be “like a new signing” for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou this year, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 28-year-old’s experience on and off the field “will be vital” this season.

Jullien has been sidelined since December 30th with a knee injury sustained in a 3-0 win over Dundee United.

A source at Parkhead has told Football Insider that the centre-half is making a good recovery from his knee injury but he is not expected to be fully fit until next month at the earliest.

It comes after Ange Postecoglou named the Frenchman in his squad for the Europa League group stages which start this Thursday.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the news, Robinson said:

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“He has been out for a long time and defensively they have struggled without him. It is only in recent weeks that they have improved.

“He will be like a new signing for Celtic. Obviously the manager will not know an awful lot about him but when he finally gets out on the training field, some point before Christmas, it will be a big lift for everyone.

“To have that experience on the pitch and in the dressing room will be vital.”

Jullien joined Celtic from Toulouse in July 2019 and enjoyed an incredible first season which yielded seven goals and two assists in 47 appearances.

In total, he has made 61 appearances for the Hoops.

In other news, McAvennie thought 2020 signing was on his way out of Celtic amid ‘brilliant’ transformation.