By Danny Wright
Neil Lennon is not happy with the way Celtic have treated Efe Ambrose.
The Bhoys legend claims that the centre-back was viewed as a scapegoat at Parkhead and pointed out that the Hibernian fans ‘appreciate the quality’ of the player during his loan spell.
Ambrose picked up the Scottish Championship player of the month award after helping the Hibees stay top of the second-tier with a series of monumental displays in the backline.
Lennon, a former Celtic manager and captain, snapped up the Nigerian defender in February on an emergency loan deal after he failed to make an appearance for the Hoops since their 1-1 draw with Astana in July 2016.
“He could walk into any other team in Scotland – any other team. Our fans appreciate the quality of player he is and I am glad he has been able to showcase the talent we all knew he had,” said Lennon, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He has been through the ringer. Sometimes, players can be made a scapegoat and Efe came into that bracket but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.
“It’s no disgrace not to get into the Celtic team at the moment as they are setting the bar really high but he has come to Hibs and done exactly what I thought he would do and he’s happy.”
Ambrose has made eight appearances for Hibernian since making his temporary switch.
He helped the club progress to the Scottish Cup semi-final where they will face Aberdeen after easing past Ayr United in the previous round.
In the league, the 28-year-old has only been on the winning side twice in seven games but scored a crucial header to help Hibernian to a 2-1 win against Falkrik in March.
The former FC Ashdod defender has made 169 appearances for Celtic across all competitions but Brendan Rodgers was clearly less than impressed by what he saw in his two appearances against Lincoln Red Imps and Astana back in July.
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