Celtic coach John Kennedy believes Super Eagles centre back Efe Ambrose has begun to prove his worth to manager Ronny Deila. Ambrose ...
Celtic coach John Kennedy believes Super Eagles centre back 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 have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the process and, although the Nigerian 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 Eagles defender, Kennedy said: '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.