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Celtic Coach Hails Ambrose

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 at 12:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Celtic coach, John Kennedy, believes Efe Ambrose has begun to prove his worth to manager Ronny Deila.

Ambrose has recently returned to his favoured centre-back role following the departure of Virgil van Dijk and an injury to recent signing, Jozo Simunovic.

Celtic has kept three consecutive clean sheets in the process and, although Ambrose was sent off for a last-man foul against Hearts on Saturday, it was in injury-time and he was clearing up after Dedryck Boyata allowed Sam Nicholson to run through on goal.

Simunovic should recover from an ankle injury in time for the Europa League clash with Fenerbahce at Parkhead on Thursday but Ambrose is ready to continue if needed.

Speaking about the Croatian defender, Kennedy said: “We hope he’s okay. He has started light training again so hopefully on Tuesday he will pretty much join in the full session and come back into it. But the big positive is Efe has come in and done really well for us.

“He’s been patient. He has found himself out of the team when maybe he thought he might have had a chance, but he has trained well and he has certainly come in and done a great job for us in recent weeks. So there is competition there as well.”

Ambrose played right-back for Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup but his standing in Deila’s plans was evident when the inexperienced Saidy Janko was preferred for the Champions League qualifier at Malmo after Mikael Lustig got injured.

But Ambrose has been given a chance, albeit through necessity, to show Deila he can perform in the centre.

“He has done it under Neil Lennon for a long time,” Kennedy said. “He has made some errors in the past, as all players do. He has probably been unfortunate at times to find himself out the team.