Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose is ready to play anywhere for Celtic if that will guarantee regular playing time as well as help the team to win silverwares.
In the Europa League game at the San Siro against Inter Milan, Ambrose was brought on to plug the huge gap left when van Dijk was red-carded in the first half, and Deila was impressed by the way he stood up to almost all that Inter could throw at him.
“Playing left-back isn’t something I was hoping for,” he admitted.
“But at the same time, it’s about the team. And if the gaffer calls me up and believes I can do it, then I believe in my abilities as well.
“I’ve played a couple of times there for the national team and at the Beijing Olympics when I was younger.
“We took the silver medal. Angel Di Maria scored the winning goal for Argentina in the final, a 1-0 win, and Lionel Messi played, too.”
Ambrose is intelligent s are he will be enough to realise that, when Izaguirre recovers – Deila reports he is already badgering him to play – the chances are he will be looking for another position to fill.
So every minute of game time is precious to him as it is a chance to show the manager he is a reformed character.
He explained: “The gaffer wants me to improve my communication because I don’t like talking – only action.
“To play at centre-half, you must speak and control. But, for me, I prefer to work.
“He lets me know communication makes my job easier because I can control things better on the pitch.
“As a defender, togetherness is good. We move and talk together, and I’m getting better and better every time.
“I can be one of the main men at the back.”
Ambrose continued: “It’s important to make the gaffer’s job difficult and give him selection headaches.
“That brings the best out of the players and the team.”
Which is Deila’s aim, and the results are now speaking for themselves with the Treble inching closer every game.
Ambrose is excited and said: “It’s been such a long time since we achieved this at Celtic, so imagine what it would be like for the players, the fans and the club.”