Celtic: Christopher Jullien hints he’d be in favour of VAR in Scottish football

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Celtic star Christopher Jullien has revealed that the lack of VAR is one thing that he would like to change in the Scottish game.

The central defender was recently talking to BeIN Sports and he was asked about his start to life in a new country and experiences in Scotland so far.

The Frenchman said: “There is no VAR in Scotland. I don’t want to say that everything is anything goes, but it is a bit more physical. I think the game in England and Scotland is known for that.

“Yes, yes, during stoppages and even in the game it’s a lot rougher. I wouldn’t say I like it or that I like the elbowing but there’s give and take and it’s not bad.”

The rock at the back

The French defender joined the Hoops this past summer from Ligue 1 side Toulouse for a reported fee of around £7million. So far this season, he has established himself as a regular at the back so far.

Jullien has played 11 times in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, playing alongside defensive partner Kristoffer Ajer. The Dane has also been a regular, having played 15 times in the Scottish top-flight this term.

The defensive pairing have done well when playing together. They have helped Neil Lennon’s men rack up an impressive defensive record of conceding just seven league goals this season. They have conceded as many goals as fierce rivals Rangers.

For Toulouse last season, Jullien was a regular at the back. He had played 34 times in the Ligue 1, scoring once. He had also played once in the Coupe de France. In total, Jullien had played 108 times in all competitions for the French club and had scored eight times, racking up as many as four assists.

TIF Tactics

Jullien has also played eight times in Europe for Celtic this season and he has a fair argument about VAR. He himself has shown his aggressive side, having seen as many as three yellow cards so far in all competitions.

At Toulouse too last season, he had seen a yellow card eight times in the Ligue 1 but wasn’t sent off once.

As for Celtic, Lennon’s men have racked up the least number of yellow cards for the club this season. They have picked up only ten yellow cards, only one less than fierce rivals Rangers.

Aberdeen though, have picked up four red cards. They have picked up two straight red cards and two sending offs as a result of second yellow cards. But Motherwell are the side with the highest number of yellow cards so far this season – standing at a high figure of 25.

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