CELTIC’S £7million defender Christopher Jullien has revealed he has targeted a place in the Europa League Final and is looking to help the Hoops to the magical 10 in a row.

The French centre-half, signed by Neil Lennon from Toulouse as a direct replacement for Hertha Berlin-bound Dedryck Boyata, admitted he is loving life in Glasgow and praised the fans for the “unbelievable atmosphere” at Parkhead.

However, he also stated he is not a big fan of the Scottish weather!

Jullien has been blown away by his reception at his adopted homeland and hopes to repay the supporters by performing on the pitch where he has formed a sound relationship at the heart of the defence alongside Norwegian star Kristoffer Ajer.

He told French TV channel beIN Sport: “Since my signing, the staff, the club and the fans have been brilliant with me. They welcomed me with open arms and now I feel good on the pitch.

“I play with terrific players, all players have almost international level. They have major qualities.

“I defend well and I pass the ball to my midfielders. There is no VAR in Scotland, so it’s more physical, rougher, but I like it.

“If I had a magic wand, I would love to reach the Europa League Final and score 10 goals this season!

“We want to equal the nine-in-a-row record this season and the huge goal next season is to win 10-in-a-row.

“You have to visit Celtic Park to believe it. Football fans know Celtic Park is incredible, but in there the atmosphere is unbelievable.

“Celtic fans are nice, they stop me in the city to take selfies.

“At this time, it’s minus five or six in Scotland and it gets dark at 4:30pm in Glasgow. It’s the only negative point.”

Jullien will be in action again on Saturday when Livingston visit Parkhead. The 6ft 7in centre-half will be on a personal revenge mission – he has sampled defeat only once since his big-money arrival. That came in a 2-0 loss to the West Lothian side last month.

It was not the Frenchman’s finest 90 minutes in the hoops as he and Ajer allowed the rampaging Lyndon Dykes to unsettle them throughout a fairly miserable encounter for the champions who were playing only three days after a good 2-0 Europa victory over Cluj.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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