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  • Jullien: I told Odsonne he could have scored five or six against Dons

    Jullien: I told Odsonne he could have scored five or six against Dons

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 23 Dec, 2019 09:45

  • CELTIC’S dominance in their Premiership match with Aberdeen was not reflected in the final scoreline, with the Hoops taking all three points with a 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from the French duo of Christopher Jullien and Odsonne Edouard.

    Neil Lennon’s side had 28 attempts at goal, with 11 of them on target, while their opponents scored with their only attempt on target – a header from Sam Cosgrove.

    Edouard’s goal, which proved to be the winner, was a cool left-footed finish on 66 minutes from a superb through ball by Ryan Christie. It was the striker’s 16th goal of the season, underlying his importance to the team.

    And Jullien, who opened the scoring with a sixth-minute, was delighted for his fellow countryman, even if he told him he should have scored a few more on the day!

    “I was the first to say to Odsonne at half-time, ‘You’re going to score, don’t worry!’,” Jullien said. “He’s been just unbelievable since the start of the season, and even before I came to Celtic. We know he’s a threat and if he keeps getting chances, we know he’s going to score a lot of goals.

    “For me, and I told him at the end of the game, he probably should have had five or six goals. But he knows that. He’s a great striker, he knows his strengths and we really trust in him.

    “He’s just Odsonne! He’s like that in real life, and on the field, he just does what he does best. He’s one of the best strikers I’ve played with in the final third, and his left-foot finish, after all the chances he had before, to keep that mental strength and know he’s going to score again, is good for us.”

    Celtic head into their last two fixtures of 2019 – an away game against St Mirren on Boxing Day and a Glasgow derby at Paradise on December 29 – with a five-point lead at the top of the Premiership table.

    And Jullien, who scored his fourth goal for Celtic on Saturday, is confident that the team can continue their impressive form which has seen them win their last 10 league games in a row.

    “We just keep focused on what we’re doing and we know that if we perform well, play well and if we score and defend well, we will win,” he said. “And I think you should just stay focused on your power and what you do on the field.”

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