CELTIC defender Christopher Jullien may not play for another "six to nine months" according to manager Neil Lennon.

Speaking to the media on Friday, the Parkhead boss was asked to give an update on the squad's fitness and dropped a bombshell by revealing that Jullien - who has been out injured since the tail end of 2020 - will not be back in the first-team fold anytime soon.

At the time, Lennon assessed that the centre-half would be out of action for "three or four months" but that estimation looks way off now, with the injury more serious than it initially appeared.

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Speaking at Celtic's press conference, Lennon explained: "He's out for a long period of time.

"Maybe six to nine months and he's gone back to do some rehab in France."