CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN will finally be ready to make his Celtic comeback after the winter break, according to manager Ange Postecoglou.

It was a year ago today that the defender was last seen in a Celtic jersey, picking up a serious knee injury as he collided with a post while clearing the ball off the line in a win over Dundee United.

He was initially expected to be back in action by September, but Postecoglou is optimistic that the Frenchman is finally in a position to return to full training, and subsequently his squad, when the season gets back underway on January 17th against Hibernian at Celtic Park.

“He’s had a couple of little setbacks but we are hoping now that he’s at a point where he’s ready to train fully with the team and make himself available,” Postecoglou said.

“He’ll be a great addition, he’ll be like a new signing for us and we are looking forward to having him back.

“He’s good player, he’s very commanding, he’s very confident in himself. So we are keen to get him involved and I’m sure he can add to us.”

Postecoglou is also hopeful that a few of his other injured players, such as James Forrest, Giorgios Giakoumakis and Jota, will also be fit and ready to contribute to the cause once more by the time the winter break ends.

“Some of them,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of long-termers - Giakoumakis, Jullien, hopefully Jota - mate, there are a whole host I could go through.

“But I’m pretty hopeful that the majority, by the time the resumption comes, will be there or thereabouts, which will be great for us. James Forrest is one of those as well.”