By Johnny Edwards:
Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers believes Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose can be a great asset for the Hoops only if he can cut out the several mistakes he makes in match situations, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ambrose has made several errors in action for the Scottish champions over the years, but the former Liverpool coach is banking on a collective effort from his lads rather than individuals to beat their hosts in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Astana of Kazakhastan.
Ambrose who is poised to make his second appearance in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round for Celtic in Wednesday's clash against Astana in the absence of five injured centre-backs, according to Rodgers, doesn't simplify his play.
"In terms of Efe, people have seen him a lot more than me, and he knows that if he can cut out mistakes and errors that he makes in games, then you have a very good player," Rodgers told Celtic's official website.
"Physically, he’s very strong, he’s very fast and he’s good in the air. It’s just about decision-making and simplifying the game and if he can do that, then he can be an asset.
“Those two players ( O'Connell and Efe) are two of very few central defenders which are available. But I have no qualms about who I put into the game as the strength of us will be the team rather than the individual and the team we put out will hopefully get the result.”
Ambrose will make his 28th appearance in the competition if he features for the Scottish champions against Astana.