CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN went from zero to hero in Celtic’s 4-1 win over 10-man Hamilton Accies yesterday.
The £7million French defender admitted he was “really mad” at allowing Greek powerhouse Marios Ogkmpoe escape his clutches to head in the opening goal from a left-wing corner-kick in the 27th minute.
Jullien failed to pick up the run of the Accies frontman who couldn’t miss from close range with an effort that was in the net before Fraser Forster could move.
However, it was the centre-back who turned the encounter in the Hoops’ favour when he put them ahead 12 minutes from time after his countryman Odsonne Edouard had nullified Ogkmpoe’s goal in the 34th minute with a free-kick which was awarded following Jamie Hamilton’s red card for hauling down Leigh Griffiths.
Edouard slid in No.3 before James Forrest blasted in a stoppage-time fourth as the champions moved seven points clear in their quest for a ninth successive crown.
Jullien, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I was really mad about the goal we conceded because it was my player who scored so my goal is a bonus.
“The most difficult part is to score – when the ball gets to the line and goes in I’m just happy. But it’s not my first aim on the field. My first goal is a clean sheet.
“I just watched the goal again. I took one step to go back, but after seeing the throw-in I thought I’d stay. As the ball ran it was perfect and I just finished.
“It was really welcome for the team and I’m really happy about the end.
“I just try to do my best for the team. Ryan gave me a great ball again and I really hope he doesn’t stop. Every time I can help the team I will.
“It’s the character we’ve had since the start of the year. We are confident about the way we play. We want to play our game, press high and get back the ball until we find the solution.
“So we are going to stick to our principles till the end because they are our strengths.”
Jullien refused to look too far ahead in the pursuit of another flag and added: “We don’t talk about the finish right now. There’s a lot of months ahead.
“We are just focused on the next game. We are just happy about the result. The title is a long marathon, it’s a long race and each game is so important.
“It’s three points. It’s enjoyable to win for the team. I don’t think about the other opponent in a game. Since the start of the year we have been really good.
“We showed our strength. After all the stuff about opponents we will see the count the points at the end.”
Jullien and his team-mates are now looking forward to taking on Motherwell at Fir Park on Wednesday in their sixth game since returning to action – five away from home.