Efe Ambrose reveals aim of joining Scottish Champions

The Nigerian international defender will get his time in the limelight after making the switch from Israel to Scotland

Efe Ambrose, Super Eagles defender has joined Scottish champions, Celtic FC on a three-year contract from FC Ashdodand he is glad to be getting a chance at ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’.

Ambrose is one of nin players invited by Coach Stephen Keshi for next week’s Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia and is supposed to report to Abuja by Monday. On Friday, he signed the biggest contract of his career to begin another journey.

“It has been a long day, but it has been worth it. Today is one of the happiest days of my life, signing for one of the biggest clubs in the world – a club I have known about since I was young,” Ambrose told the club’s official website.

“I just can’t wait to get started. To play in front of the fans and call this place home," said the defender who has been given the jersey number 4.

“I would like to thank God for everything and to thank the manager and directors here at Celtic – who have placed their trust and confidence in me.”

Ambrose has been playing in Israel for the past three years and won an Olympic silver medal in 2008 in Beijing with the U-23 team.

“The move to Israel really opened the door for me and gave me my opportunity. I had been to other clubs, but they were the ones who gave me my chance.

“For that I would like to thank the coaches and directors at FC Ashdod, my agent Dudu Dahan and also my colleagues and the fans – who all helped develop me as a player.”

He also alluded to his versatility in playing positions as he has done in the national team – being able to play at right back, central defence and in midfield.

“I am the kind of player who plays where it is of benefit to the team.

“If the manager trusts me to play in midfield or defence, then I trust him and I am the kind of player who will give 100 per cent, whatever the coach asks of me.”

And Ambrose will be appearing with his club in the UEFA Champions League group phase where his team has been paired with heavyweights like Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow

“It’s a lovely group, you might call it the group of death and it will be hard, but hard work always pays,” Ambrose added. He will have company in the form of Rabiu Ibrahim who joined Celtic in January and has so far made one substitute appearance.