Following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for AFCON 2015, Glasgow Celtic defender Efe Ambrose says he is focused on helping the side do well in Europe and in the Scottish Premier League.
Ambrose, back into the first team of the Scottish Champions following the injury to defender Jason Denayer, is hoping to play a big role in Celtic’s January and February fixtures.
“Nigeria didn’t qualify for the African Nations Cup, so now I have to concentrate on Celtic, I’m back to what I know best, to train hard and to be at my best every time,” he said.
“To me, international football is a bonus, it’s bad we failed to qualify but with so many big games for Celtic in January and February, it’s a bonus for me to be here then as I am not usually around.”
The former Kaduna United captain also took the opportunity to apologise to fans of the Super Eagles over their failure to qualify for the defence of their AFCON 2013 title, urging them to forgive them as they hope to bounce back better following the disappointment.
Usually deployed as a right-full-back for Nigeria, at Celtic he is a central defender vying for a spot in the center of defence with Jason Denayer, Charlie Mulgrew, Matthew Adams and Virgil Van Dijk, he’s regular partner from last season with whom they set a new clean sheet record.
Ambrose insists whoever the manager chooses to play will get his blessing and support, as football is a team sport that doesn’t border on individual participation even though everybody loves to play.