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Birthday Bhoy Jullien and his best moments in the Hoops so far

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Christopher Jullien made his official debut in the world 27 years ago today (March 22), and everyone at Celtic Football Club would like to wish the Frenchman a very happy birthday!

That debut paved the way for many more important firsts for Christopher, and, to celebrate the Hoops defender’s contribution to the club, we’re taking a look at his standout moments from his first season at Paradise.

Christopher Jullien’s first game in a Celtic jersey came in a pre-season friendly against Rennes at Celtic Park in July, but his competitive debut came later that month. Neil Lennon named Jullien in the starting XI to face Nomme Kalju FC in Estonia in the second leg of Celtic’s UEFA Champions League second round qualifier. He almost scored in that game with a headed effort from a set-piece but it was narrowly wide of the mark. That moment showed how much of a threat he could be in the air and would be a sign of things to come from the big defender.

The French defender has made a habit of scoring goals since arriving at Paradise and he opened his account on the European stage one month after moving to Glasgow. His goal came in Sweden in the second leg of Celtic’s UEFA Europa League play-off against AIK. Celtic had established a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and were 2-1 ahead in Stockholm when Christie cut the ball back for Jullien to knock over the line. It wasn’t the most glamourous goal with Jullien and Scott Brown in amongst a scramble to stab the ball over the line, but there would be more big European goals to come from the Frenchman…

Christopher Jullien's first taste of silverware came after the League Cup Final in December 2019. Celtic had defeated Dunfermline, Partick Thistle and Hibernian on the road to the final where they met Rangers. It was a hard-fought game at Hampden and there was little separating the two sides that afternoon. Celtic were busy in defence but the Hoops took their chance when it came. The breakthrough came from a Ryan Christie set-piece on the hour mark. Christie whipped a cross in towards the back post for Jullien to run on to and steer over the line with his right-foot. A 10-man Celtic side managed to hold on to their lead for the remainder of the game and Jullien got his hands on a trophy for the first time in his professional career.

The sense of elation surely doesn’t get much better than scoring a last-minute winner at Celtic Park on a European night. To score your first goal at Paradise in the manner Jullien did is the stuff of dreams. Lazio were the opposition that night and the Italian giants were a goal up going into the break but Ryan Christie drew the Bhoys level midway through the second half. Simone Inzaghi brought on Ciro Immobile, one of Europe’s top strikers, with just over 15 minutes remaining and the nerves inside Celtic Park grew. With the final whistle moments away, a draw looked the likely outcome of the group stage game but then Celtic had a corner in the 89th minute. Christie delivered a good ball in and Jullien rose above everyone to head the ball across goal and into the bottom corner. Paradise erupted and Jullien ran to celebrate with his team-mates and the fans who had just witnessed another historical night in the club’s history.

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