Celtic players Kris Commons and Leigh Griffiths have both rallied supports for an apologetic Efe Ambrose who cost the Hoops two priceless Europa League points in Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Fenerbache at the Parkhead stadium.
Ronny Deila’s side were two goals up courtesy Leigh Griffiths in the 28th minute and Kris Commons in the 32nd minute but for Ambrose short headed back pass, allowing substitute Fernandao in to give the visitors a route back into this Group A encounter which cost the Hoops two priceless Europa League points.
But Ambrose has since apologised to his Celtic team-mates for his mistake just before half-time which led to Fenerbahce’s comeback and the goal-scoring duo Commons and Griffiths thinks they were collectively culpability for the equaliser from Fernandao.
“Efe’s mistake led to a goal but he played really well,” said Kris Commons, who scored the second on the night. “He won his headers, he came out with the ball and he was good in possession. But mistakes do happen. If Fernandao doesn’t score, nobody says anything.
“Unfortunately, Efe was last man, Fenerbahce got a goal and I feel sorry for the boy. I don’t think he’s under any more pressure because people talk about his mistakes.
“For 44 minutes, he was flawless. I went through 90 minutes probably making more mistakes than Efe does – but mine are up the other end of the park. Efe knows what happened. He’s bitterly disappointed but it won’t affect his confidence.”
“Efe held his hands up straight away and we had to pick him up at half time,” added Leigh Griffiths, the scorer of his side’s opening goal. “But it’s a team game and we are all in it together. We can’t keep giving away cheap goals. They didn’t actually have a lot of chances but they punished us. It’s disappointing to give Efe all the criticism for what happened because he had a good game otherwise.”
Commons feels Celtic can travel to Molde with confidence. “We are confident,” he said.
“We have given two of the tougher opposition really tough games and led in both so we will be looking to go there and stamp our game plan on them and come away with the three points. but they are in a really good position. they have four points from two games and are top of the charts.
The group remains wide open ahead of the visit to Molde on October 22.