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.
Back 2 @spfl . Have to make right some things. Sorry Celtic fans for being too nervous last time, won't happen again. And to be fair I have to thank Livingstone's forwards for that wake up call…. Either I win or I learn 👊🏽🍀💚 #hoopsupsideyourhead #stayfocused #neverstaydown pic.twitter.com/WRwY2RYDBz
— Chris Jullien.. (@Chri6ViF) October 16, 2019
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.
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.
Christopher Jullien & Neil Lennon leaving the Tony Macaroni Arena. pic.twitter.com/qmEqbBGgWm
— crossy 🃏 (@crossy72_) October 16, 2019
£7million pound centre half and he's nervous of Livingston, what an embarrassment.
— Stuart (@Skiddrfc) October 16, 2019
7 million for a nervous wreck 😂😂😂😂😂
— Chris (@RFC54WATP1) October 16, 2019
Get well soon mate 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/mMcxsxvvja
— Bing Killy (@BingKilly) October 16, 2019
— LEFTFOOTWAND (@AldoLees) October 16, 2019
£7m and he’s nervous agains Livingston 😂😂😂
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) October 16, 2019
Nervous at the thought of Livingston 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/rkJ31x8nUP
— Rangers Bear (@Rangers4life_) October 16, 2019
Shat it from the livi boys hahahah https://t.co/uftkjIXRpl
— megan (@megan_1872) October 16, 2019
Has he actually used a hashtag of “hoops upside your head”
— Mr M (@MBS1872) October 16, 2019
7.5 million pounds to be nervous against Livingston. https://t.co/I6VqDWdTf5
— LYNDON DYKES RSC (@LukeConway_1872) October 16, 2019
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.