Ambrose set for 10th Europa League start

Efe Ambrose









Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose is set for his tenth Europa League start for Celtic who face Molde in Thursday night’s clash crunch clash in Scotland.

Ambrose who made his debut in the competition in 2012 in the Hoops 3-2 win against Spartak Moskva has been tipped to replace Jozo Simunovic who is rated no higher than 50/50 to make it after sustaining an ankle injury against Aberdeen.

‘I think Jozo is 50/50. We have done it before without him.

‘We talked about consistency but, again, we have good players who can do a job there as well.

‘If he is 60 per cent he will not play because that is not good enough.’

‘If you are 100 per cent but you have pain when you play with these injuries then you play.

‘If you have a pulled muscle then I am cautious because you can re-injure it.

‘It’s a tough knock Jozo had from Sunday. It’s a pain thing.’

Recall that the Celtic backline has lost two goals or more in each of their last five European ties.

Meanwhile coach Ronny Deila insisted Celtic have made strides in cutting out thigh and muscle injuries, but can’t force players to play if they say they feel less than 100 per cent.

‘Overall, I can assure you I am thinking the same thing as you.

‘But you have to believe in people.

‘You can’t go into a body and see this and this. We push them. But we must also have trust in them.’

Deila also has a decision to make at left-back where teenager Kieran Tierney impressed against Aberdeen last Saturday at the expense of the more experienced Emilio Izaguirre.

‘Kieran is in my thoughts.

‘He is available for tomorrow and played very well against Fenerbahce, fantastic.

‘So he is a possibility. He is available for tomorrow and he is in my thoughts.’

Deila, meanwhile, declined to enter the furore over the Rangers EBT verdict.

‘I don’t know anything about that. That’s before my time, you have to ask other people about that.’