Efe Ambrose’s team-mates in training bust-up

Efe Ambrose

Super Eagle Efe Ambrose’s Celtic team-mate Emilio Izaguirre required stitches to his ear following a reaction by team-mate Nadir Ciftci to a challenge in training.

Manager Ronny Deila, who was not present when the incident took place, said both players had been spoken to and the matter was now closed.

Izaguirre is available to play against Hearts on Wednesday, as is Ciftci but head coach Deila stressed the incident was nothing more than a training-ground spat, which “happens all the time”.

“I always say to my players I want 100% and we have a fantastic atmosphere on the training pitch. Sometimes it gets a little too hot.

“We want intensity in training,” added the Norwegian. “It was a tackle and a reaction and he (Izaguirre) got hit in his ear. He had to go to get it stitched and he’s fine for tomorrow.” Deila said as quoted on BBC Sports

With the League Cup match away to Hearts followed by a Premiership meeting with Aberdeen and a Europa League tie at home to Molde, Deila accepts that the expectations at Celtic can mean a sense of crisis is only ever a bad result or performance away.