'Long may it continue' - Exclusive: McNamara drools over Celtic powerhouse after slow start


Jackie McNamara has been left raving over the recent performances of Celtic defender Christopher Jullien after taking time to settle to the demands of Scottish football.

The former Hoops and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 26-year-old was not at his best in his early outings for the Bhoys but that he has lifted his game in recent weeks.

The centre-back has emerged as a mainstay for Neil Lennon at the heart of the defence in both the club’s Premiership and Europa League campaign, playing in the 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais in midweek.

McNamara says that the former Toulouse defender looks to be growing in belief week on week and that he hopes he can continue to keep opposition attackers quiet at the back.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he’s done well since the Rangers game, he’s grown in confidence and seems to have settled in to the team and is doing well.

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“He’s obviously got a big stature, he’s a big guy and it’s taken him a little bit of time to settle in to the team, into the style of Scottish football. He seems to be in a good place now so long may it continue.” 

Jullien has played 10 times across all competitions for the Hoops so far, scoring his first goal in the Europa League qualifier against AIK.

He turned out 99 times in France’s top flight before moving to Parkhead, while he also featured as a French under-20 international during his fledgeling years.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has tipped one new arrival at Parkhead to fill a potentially big void in the first-team.