Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers gas described Efe Ambrose as an ‘unlucky guy’ following his own goal in their 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.
The Nigeria international turned the ball into the back of his own net following a Barcelona cross and was unsurprisingly jeered by the Celtic fans all through his stay on the pitch.
Reacting to Ambrose’s performance on the day, Rodgers could only take pity on him, but added that the own goal could have made any striker proud
“He’s an unlucky guy, bless him. I think that a striker would’ve been proud of that goal,” Rodgers said after the game.
“He was so unfortunate. I thought he actually done okay at times. He’s in a decent enough area, the ball gets whipped in, but there’s no real danger. For it to come his leg that far outside of the post and go in the far corner was disappointing, especially after getting back into the game. But sometimes these things happen, and in the main he did okay.”
Ambrose was subsequently jeered off the pitch after he was taken off, a development which Rodgers said wasn’t nice.
“If it was that I didn’t hear it myself, but if it was, it wasn’t nice.
“Whatever his faults are, he’s a real good guy who gives his all for the club. He devotes his life to Celtic, he prepares well, he trains well, he doesn’t cheat. He trains every single day, he’s a man who wants to get better. I would like to think the Celtic supporters will support every player that plays, whether that’s Efe or anyone else. Once they pull on the green and white jersey, everyone needs that support.”