Christopher Jullien has quickly blossomed into one of the best defenders in the Scottish Premiership since his summer arrival at Celtic from Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Now the Frenchman has revealed the one thing that has surprised him about his new club.
Christopher Jullien’s rise at Celtic has been meteoric. After a shaky first few appearances he has found his footing and has impressed immensely over the last few weeks. The Hoops showed a lot of faith in his abilities when they signed him for £7-million, making him the second most expensive signing in club history.
And he is looking like worth every penny at this point of time. His exceptional performance against Rennes last week in the Europa League even saw him being compared to Virgil Van Dijk, who used to play for Celtic before being widely recognised as the best defender in world football.
Coming from Toulouse, Jullien has played football at the highest level before coming to the Scottish Champions. But the French club, formed in 1970, fails to compare with Celtic in terms of sheer history and their 33,000 capacity stadium, which is only half filled on most occasions, cannot replicate the atmosphere of Celtic Park on an European night or on any matchday to be honest.
As a result, the Frenchman has naturally been surprised by the sheer size of his new club and it what it means to wear that green and white shirt. He must not have experienced anything of this magnitude back in France. The step up has certainly been significant but he seems to be coping up pretty well judging by his performances and if this is him settling in, it will be a treat to watch him at his best.
Speaking to France Football, Jullien said:
“There is a lot to say … It’s huge. All the club does for Scotland, for their fans. The scale that Celtic has is incredible. I am surprised every day by some things, the stadium, the fans … To live this, it’s already super cool.
“In France, we do not realize it. Whereas when you’re inside, it’s huge. I knew I wanted to go up a notch, but I did not expect so much. I am learning every day, how much this club has an authority and a track record that can make the difference.
“I can not walk in the streets! That, when you’re in France, you do not realize.”
It is clear that the French defender is delighted to be at his new club and is certainly enjoying the experience of playing for the Scottish champions. Although he revealed that playing in the English Premier League has always been a dream, which will certainly worry Celtic fans who recently lost Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.
Asked about the Premier League, Jullien admitted that it is a goal of his to play there one day:
“Yes, the English Premier League has always been a goal, a dream, for sure. But today, I have taken a path that will make me grow whatever happens. We do not know what the future will be like.”
But for now he is a Celtic man and that is the only thing that matters.