In Scottish football, you do not tell anyone your weaknesses. Somebody forgot to tell Celtic defender Christopher Jullien.

If it wasn’t bad enough for the Celtic support that the £7m French defender is still recovering from being ragdolled by a player who was playing for Queen of the South last season, his apology has just rubbed salt in the wounds.

Jullien claims he was “nervous” when playing against Lyndon Dykes and has said he will not let it happen again. Cue hilarity from the rest of Scottish football.

For all the posturing from the east end about Jullien’s ability – something which has been scarcely seen since his paymasters forked out the incredible amount for his services – he clearly struggles in that physical battle.

He was bullied by Lyndon Dykes and teams will now be looking for their forward men to do the same.


The likes of Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, Hearts’ Uche Ikpeazu and even Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos will be looking at those comments with a wry smile.

The defender clearly doesn’t like playing in tight spaces, in physical duels and against direct football.

Is this more evidence Rangers should’ve started Alfredo Morelos against Jullien in September’s Old Firm? (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

More than just get his head down and get on with it behind the scenes, he’s made himself a target for teams across Scotland.

If he was naïve in the way he defended against Livingston, he’s been very naïve in his use of social media within the culture of Scottish football.

Rangers fans couldn’t resist having a little laugh at his expense.

And there are any guffaws and the rhetoric of “but he played well at Ibrox” from our rivals, just consider if this had been a Rangers player.

We’d be cringing out loud.

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