Celtic boss says he will play fumbling Ambrose again

Celtic boss says he will play fumbling Ambrose again
Efe Ambrose in action for Celtic

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Oct 03, 2015. 16:31

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has stated that he is not afraid to play Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose in the team's subsequent games despite his errors that cost Celtic two points against Fenerbahce in a Europa League game.

The manager said the former Ashdod of Israel defender has a great problem with concentration but he still trusts him in the heart of the team's defence.

Ambrose is suspended for the game against Hamilton following his injury-time red card in the goalless draw at home to Hearts last week.

"He has made mistakes before and he is an experienced boy who has been to big games and to the World Cup,” said Deila.

“I am not afraid of playing him. He knows he is in progress and he feels good because he knows he has played well over time.

“He was very sorry about the mistake on Thursday but every player makes mistakes. He needs to move on from it, learn from it and follow up the progress he has been making because 98 percent of his game against Fenerbahce was very good.

“He has played a lot of games under me. If I see people develop, they have my confidence. But if they make the same mistakes over and over again, then we have issues.”

The Celtic manager added: "With Efe – and I say this all the time to him – his biggest task is concentration, One year ago he was making more mistakes than he does now. He is much calmer on the ball and he doesn’t take so many risks. But still he has issues with easy mistakes that we have to get sorted.

“He is only 26 years old and also off the pitch he is a very good person to have in the squad. He always works 100 percent in training. He always stands behind the team, supports his team-mates and that is very important. He knows what he has to work on and he enjoys working and seeing the improvement.

“Now he is very disappointed but he will get over it and move on.”

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