Christopher Jullien issues Celtic warning as defender makes Rangers 'stronger' admission
Celtic defender Christopher Jullien reckons the coming campaign will be a "marathon" but believes the Hoops are stronger at the starting line.
The French centre-back is preparing to play an integral role in his club's attempt at winning 10 In A Row this season after his dominant defensive displays helped them to nine - plus a Betfred Cup final winner.
And although Celtic 's rivals have added quantity in the transfer market, Jullien is adamant his side oozes quality.
He said: "Rangers are definitely going to be stronger, for sure.
"They are our opponent. They are going to take some more players in to add something and make them champions. That's normal. That's what we expect.
"But that's also why we've worked hard since we came back. We know our group is really good and really strong - but we also know that our opponents will be stronger. Us too.
"I think all the teams in the championship will have some more players with them. If they can stop our run, they will do everything.
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"Rangers have bought some players and that's good for them. But I'm really proud of what we are and what we've done since the beginning or pre-season.
"I just can't wait for the marathon to begin."
The future of striker Odsonne Edouard is a hot topic in Scottish football. So who better to ask than the Parkhead star that previously played alongside him at Toulouse?(Image: PA)
Jullien hopes Edouard will stay for a momentous campaign but noted the progression in his playing ability and attitude since that spell in 2016/17 - to the point where he's knocking on the door of the world champions' squad.
He said: "You always want to play with the best and Odsonne has shown to all of Scotland and the world he's a really good striker.
"That's normal. For me, I want him to be by my side, under my shoulder. But when you have good players, they will always get attention. As Celtic we just have to be good with them and see what happens.
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"This year is really important, so we'll see. Confidence has made all the difference to him.
"When I met him in Toulouse he was just 18 and beginning. He didn't have the trust of the club. But seeing him today and how confident he is with the ball, without it, with his team-mates, it shows everything.
"When you have a club and a coach who trusts you it allows you to express yourself on the field.
"That's the biggest difference I've seen in him since the beginning. Now he's a man.
"I can definitely see him playing for France. He will be in the mind of the France coach for a long time. There are a lot of good players in France but I'm sure he'll soon be part of it."