Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Christopher Jullien will be sold by the Hoops this summer, but he says the Scottish champions shouldn’t expect to get much back on the £7m they shelled out on the Frenchman.
The centre-back has been pretty much frozen out by manager Ange Postecoglou and, with the player having hardly played over the past couple of seasons, Sutton claims the club will make a sizeable loss on Jullien:
“Christopher Jullien will be going. The Frenchman clearly isn’t Postecoglou’s cup of tea given the fact he’s been nowhere near the side despite being fit from the turn of the year. Jullien has been a decent player for Celtic but the manager sees him in training and has made up his mind.”
“It might be he doesn’t think he is cut out for the kind of center-half role he likes, where they can be a bit exposed man for man at times, and if that’s the case then it might be best for all involved for a parting of the ways. Celtic spent £7m on Jullien and won’t get that money back with him being out for 18 months.”
There are reportedly a number of clubs in France who would be keen on recruiting Jullien but, it must be pointed out, that his contract also expires at the end of next season.
Qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League means Celtic’s hierarchy won’t be as concerned about selling the 28-year-old on the cheap as they would have been otherwise, but he is not the only player in the same situation.
Vasilis Barkas, Boli Bolingoli and Albian Ajeti cost a combined £12.5m and it looks as though they will all be offloaded for significantly reduced fees.