Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has praised Hoops teammate Christopher Jullien for bouncing back from his display a fortnight ago with a much-improved performance in the Champions League qualifiers this week.
The Bhoys defender was criticised from some quarters for his display against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on 9 August, during which Neil Lennon’s charges were held to a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.
Jullien struggled to cope with the physical challenge presented by opposition forward Nicke Kabamba and went on to concede a first-half penalty which Chris Burke converted to ensure the hosts got a share of the spoils.
After Celtic’s following two games were postponed, the 27-year-old was kept in the starting XI against KR Reykjavik on Tuesday night and he made amends with an impressive display.
Jullien set Elyounoussi up with a pinpoint ball upfield before netting the third after meeting a Ryan Christie corner with a powerful header.
“Look, we know he is a good player,” Elyounoussi is quoted by Herald Scotland as saying.
“Everyone can have a bad day. Even I had a bad day against Kilmarnock. They also did good that day and defended well so it was a tough game.
“I don’t know about any criticism Chris got. But on Tuesday he was really good. I think all the players played well. But it was a good clean sheet for the four at the back.
“Chris also had an amazing pass to me for the first goal, before scoring himself. We know he is a threat in front of the box, especially at set pieces, so I am sure he will score more this season.”
Jullien may have struggled against Killie and then had to wait a while before being able to make amends, but he did so in style against Reykjavik.
All too often, one poor display is pounced upon from some quarters as a sign that a player can’t cut it, or has lost it.
As Elyounoussi makes clear, everyone can have a bad day at the office – the important thing is putting things right for next time and beyond.