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Ambrose will need to be lifted, says Deila

By October 2, 2015No Comments

Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes Efe Ambrose’s confidence will need to be built back up again after his howler against Fenerbahce.

The defender, who Deila revealed was “low and very sad”, allowed the Turkish outfit a way back into their Europa League match to gain a point on Thursday.

The Nigeria international won’t have a chance to atone for his error this weekend as he is suspended for the Hoops’ meeting with Hamilton on Sunday.

Some managers would opt to take their defender out of the firing line regardless, but Deila believes it won’t do Ambrose any favours as he will continue to be haunted by his error.

“The worst thing he needs is to remember the last game,” he said.

“You have to get back again and play a good full match again.

“Football is like that, you remember the last thing you have done.

“He wants to play football again. He will be with the Nigeria team and will come back after that and be ready to play for Celtic.

“Everybody understands that he made a mistake for the first goal but we are a team and we have to build him up again because he is of course very, very sad that he made that mistake.

“But 98 per cent of the game he played well but as a central defender and goalkeeper you are vulnerable for mistakes and if you do one, it cost you points.

“You can’t do anything else than to work hard in training to be concentrated in every match and training and try to improve what you do in matches and as I say he has improved.”

Deila also commented on striker Leigh Griffiths, who was handed a two-game suspended ban from the SFA for singing an offensive song about former Hearts midfielder Rudi Skacel.

Griffiths has been in impressive form on the park, scoring 11 goals this season but this was another headline – after the Aleksandar Tonev received a seven-game ban for racially abusing Aberdeen’s Shay Logan – that Deila would have rather avoided.

“It was a fair and okay solution. We are happy that he is available for us. He now needs to be disciplined and keep himself out of trouble,” he said.

“We don’t want to be involved in cases like that. That’s very clear. Everybody knows that these things that happen are not good and we have to do something about it.

“I don’t want to talk about the Tonev case but this is word against word. Leigh has said that he is sorry and he will learn from it and hopefully so will others.”