Celtic captain Scott Brown has paid tribute to Boli Bolingoli and Christopher Jullien after the summer signings helped keep Rangers off the score sheet during their Old Firm derby debuts before the international break, via the Evening Express.
The cross-Glasgow battle can be make-or-break for a player new to Scottish football.
Jullien had been struggling for minutes after his £7 million move from Toulouse while £3 million Bolingoli was often savaged by critics after a series of slack displays. So the limelight was firmly fixed on the Old Firm debutants when the Hoops arrived at Ibrox on 2 September.
But both Jullien and Bolingoli stepped up in style, providing a platform for a 2-0 away win which put Celtic clear at the top of the early Scottish Premiership table.
And no wonder Brown was thrilled with the way his new team-mates adapted to arguably the most high-pressure game of their careers to date.
“Everyone was on their backs early doors but they were fantastic at Ibrox,” said the influential skipper, who rolled back the years himself with a commanding display in the midfield battleground.
“I think they have set their standard now, and they need to make sure they push on from there.”
In the absence of Dedryck Boyata, Jullien should be the new leader of Celtic’s defence, at 26 years old and with three seasons of Ligue 1 football under his belt.
Bolingoli, meanwhile, has recovered after a difficult start and now looks firmly established as Kieran Tierney’s successor despite the deadline-day arrival of Greg Taylor last week.
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