Celtic boss Neil Lennon is convinced summer buy Christopher Jullien will be a success at Parkhead but warned it may take time for the Frenchman to adapt to his new surroundings.
The Glasgow giants paid a reported £7million to snare the defender from Toulouse in June. The former France youth international is expected to make his competitive debut when Celtic head to Estonia to take on Kalju in Champions League qualifying on Wednesday, with Jullien left on the bench for the Scottish champions’ three previous European qualifiers.
Lennon has no doubts over the defender’s ability but warned it may take time for his new recruit to settle. “You get that all the time with new signings and he has come for a lot of money from our point of view,” he told the Daily Record.
“But we’re not going to judge him on one game. We judged the signing on what we saw of him playing for Toulouse at a very high level for the last number of years, and playing very consistently. His attitude has been spot on, he’s hungry and he wants to show what he can do now.
“We think [he’s suited to Scottish football]. He’s a physical, dominant centre-half, he’s proficient with both feet and he dominates the ball in both boxes, which at times is what you need, certainly in the British game.
“He will be a threat, there’s no question of that, he has goals in him from set plays and we like him as a defender as well. We are all looking forward to seeing him and he’s looking forward to it.”
Celtic beat Kalju 5-0 in the first leg and are 1.20 to win on Tuesday, or 17.00 to claim another 5-0 success.