CELTIC Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Christopher Jullien, who has joined the club on a four-year deal from Toulouse.
The highly-rated central defender moves to the Scottish Champions after three years with the French side, where he made over 100 appearances, scoring eight goals.
The 26-year-old, who began his career with Auxerre before a three-year spell with German side, SC Freiburg, will now take up a new football challenge with the Treble Treble champions.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring Christopher to Celtic. He is a quality player with great attributes and we are very much looking forward to him joining the squad and working with him.
Jullien takes the number 2 shirt.
Celtic have finally completed the signing of French centre half Christopher Jullien from French side Toulouse, Jullien has been linked with Celtic for some time and this is our first signing of the summer. The fee is reported to be around 7 million pounds which shows that Celtic are finally starting to show some increased ambition on the transfer front. Will this be made back with sales? Who knows...
Who is Christopher Jullien?
While Jullien isn't exactly a house hold name he has had a very respectable career so far, he will look to fill our centre half void which has plagued us for some time. Jullien was born in Lagny Sur Marne in France and is 26 years old, he stands at a very impressive 6,5ft (shades of bobo). He started his footballing life at US Torcy before moving onto Auxerre, after playing 25 times for the French side he moved onto German club Freiberg, a good loan spell at Dijon in 2015 saw Toulouse shell out 2 million pounds for him in 2016 and he played over 100 game for the French side including a season with our very own French Eddy. Jullien was capped for France U20's in 2013 and played in the same French side as Manchester United player Paul Pogba. On his move here, Jullien states that both Bobo Balde's brother and Odsonne Edouard helped him make his mind up to join the hoops.
What can we expect from Jullien?
As said 7 million pounds for Celtic is an awful lot of money and we hope that Jullien is rolls royce quality, we have been crying out for an absolute beast of a centre half for some time and now with Jullien we look to have found our man. A French football expert with no name stated, "Jullien is a player of great strength and aerial capability, he possesses a steely character and should be a formidable addition to the Celtic back line if he can eliminate the lapses of concentration that dogged him last season". While its worrying to hear about the potential lapses in concentration, it is well worth noting that Jullien himself recognised this and put it down to a niggling injury that affected his game, once that injury was dealt with he was back to his normal self.
With Kris Ajer making one centre half slot his own, Jullien will hopefully be that 2nd centre half we need to make our defence rock solid, he has the look of big Bobo who was an absolute beast for us and hopefully will chip in with a few goals for us due to his height. With Jozo Simunovic also ending the season well it will hopefully motivate him even more to improve his game and compete with both Ajer and Jullian for a starting spot, we could also potentially see all three of them start in a back three.
It's been a slow start to the transfer window for Celtic and a frustrating one, obviously the Turnbull saga has ended terribly and we wish him well in his recovery. This transfer represents some increased ambition shown by the board, but it remains to be seen if this is really them giving us more money to spend or money that they no they are about to make back from future sales, we will only no the answer to that in the coming weeks. With talks that Luca Connell could soon be arriving to join Jullien at least we are starting to shape our squad for the coming season. In the meantime though we welcome Jullien and hope he has a long successful career with us.