By Frank McAvennie

10th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Celtic tipped to drop ever-present after source's Jullien injury update - pundit

Frank McAvennie claims Christoffer Jullien will come straight back into the Celtic team when he returns to fitness.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, predicts Ange Postecoglou will drop one of Cameron Carter-Vickers or Carl Starfelt.

Both defenders signed for the Hoops in the summer though Carter-Vickers may yet return to Tottenham when his loan spell expires.

Jullien hasn’t played for Celtic this season as he continues to recover from an injury he sustained in late 2020.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Jullien is on the comeback trail but not expected to return for the Bhoys before this month.

McAvennie claims “everyone is having a go” at Postecoglou’s centre-back partnership of choice but insisted that was unfair.

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“Everyone is having a go at Starfelt and Carter-Vickers,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I’m not sure that’s fair. I’m thinking ‘this is still a transitional period.

“For crying out loud, Starfelt is still learning how to be a centre back. This is one of the first times he’s played in the middle.

“The other full-backs aren’t there which leaves them exposed. They get to high up and don’t come back.

“That’s the way the manager wants to play at the moment. It all comes back to the defence.

“I’m sure they will get better as the season goes on but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is dropped when Jullien comes back.”

Starfelt has made 15 outings for the Hoops since joining from Rubin Kazan.

Carter-Vickers has only made seven after joining on deadline day.

In other news, Alex McLeish predicts 23-year-old to star in Celtic “rebuild” after Greg Taylor talks begin.