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Breaking News ! Christopher Jullien is the first to admit he wasn’t used to winning in France. The Celtic defender was more familiar with relegation battles at Toulouse, as opposed to fighting it out for titles and trophies. That mindset had to change when he arrived in Glasgow to join a club immersed in success. Celtic had just won eight titles in a row and nine trophies on the spin. After securing their 10th and 11th last term with yet another Premiership triumph and a League Cup victory – when he scored the winner against Rangers at Hampden – Jullien now wants more. (Image: SNS Group) As he gears up for a campaign that could see the Hoops make history, the French centre-back is desperate to clinch 10-in-a-row. He’s also set his sights on a quadruple Treble from last term, with Neil Lennon’s side still contesting the Scottish Cup at the semi-final stage. If they can pull that off, Jullien then wants to repeat that incredible feat for the fifth successive season. When asked about that unprecedented possibility, the 27-year-old said: “That would be the best – I would welcome that! “Since I arrived here, I have seen the mentality of every player at this club. “We are going to perform and try to win every game we possibly can. We have the quality in this team to be successful on the field. Read More Related Articles Neil Lennon on his Celtic transfer priority as he gives Odsonne Edouard update “When I signed, I said it would be really difficult for me because I was coming into a team that had won everything. “I had to show what I could bring to the club and the team. “They helped me relax on the field and they made me really comfortable. “We had a great year and now I just can’t wait to see how this season goes. “First of all, it will pose a very new challenge but I will try to do my job again and win. (Image: SNS Group) “I can’t compare the French league to the Scottish league because my point of view is different now. “In France I was with a team that were at the bottom of the championship. Today at Celtic, I’m in a more attacking team. “I play differently here to when I was in France, at a team who weren’t on the ball so much. We were defending. Here, it’s different. It’s more physical in Scotland. “In France, you can find pure talent, players who are good on the ball. But there are good players in this league and it’s good to be here.” Jullien relied on those around him to settle in Glasgow.
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Now, after their signing of new keeper Vasilis Barkas, Jullien will try and ensure a smooth transition for the Greek star. He insists it would be unfair to compare the former AEK Athens ace to last season’s title hero Fraser Forster. Jullien said: “We met Vasilis on Friday morning and it was nice to talk to him a little bit. “He’s just here so I think I’ll have to do what the guys did for me last year which is to try and make him feel comfortable on the field. He’s a big guy and I think he’s played a lot of games so he knows what is needed from him. “He knows the expectation of the club and I can’t wait to play with him.
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“As a goalkeeper you need to be comfortable, but he will probably have more advice for me because he’s behind me. “I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on in this team. “I really don’t think it’s good to compare him with Fraser. The club, Glasgow as a city, everyone knows exactly what Fraser did for us last year. “He is the best goalkeeper I’ve ever had at my back but comparing the new keeper with Fraser is a mistake. “He has qualities and so does Fraser. Now we have to see what he can give to the team.” Jullien will be at the heart of Celtic’s rearguard when their title defence kicks off against Hamilton Accies this afternoon.
He’s only been here for a year but the Frenchman is fully aware of what’s at stake this term. He’s adamant Lennon’s men will only achieve what they want if they shut out exterior noise surrounding their bid for 10. He said: “I think we’ll all hear about how important this season is for Celtic but in the dressing-room we have to keep it the way it was last year. “Every week we’ll go on the pitch, show what we can do, who we are and try to win every game. “Talk about 10-in-a-row will be in the media, because it’s the thing this club have strived to do for nine years.
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“But we’re just going to stay focused on doing what we do every week. “It’s going to be one of the biggest seasons when all the attention will be on Celtic but that’s what’s supposed to happen. “Celtic are a big club and we know there’s been a lot of pressure on us for years. “We know what we have to do. We’re going to try and win every game and win the title.”
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