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27th Mar, 2017 | 2:29pm

Neil Lennon: This Celtic 28-year-old has been superb

By Will Butcher

Neil Lennon has described Efe Ambrose’s impact on loan from Celtic as “superb” after he scored his first goal for Hibernian.

Ambrose, 28, was signed on loan by the Scottish Championship outfit to boost their promotion chase, after a move down south to English side Blackburn failed to materialise.

The 51-time Nigeria international scored his first goal for his loan side on Saturday, as Hibs secured a 2-1 victory over Falkirk with a last-minute win.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former Celtic midfielder Lennon praised the defender’s impact at Easter Road after starring in his fifth appearances for the promotion-chasing side.

“You can see what it means to him to be back playing football, the Hibs public here see what a class player he is,” Lennon said.

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“He is playing right-back, he is not a bona fide right-back but I can trust him in that position and at centre-half he has been superb.

“I think it’s been excellent for Efe to get his profile back in the right manner, he really enjoyed the moment (scoring) and he has been a great piece of business for us.”

Playing out of position on the right side of defence, Ambrose leapt highest to head home James Keatings’ free-kick from close range.

Ambrose then preceded to celebrate in the dugout with manager Lennon, after the former Celtic player and manager brought him from Israeli side FC Ashdod to Glasgow in 2012.

The commanding defender is unlikely to remain a Celtic player much longer, with his current deal set to expire at the end of May.

In other Celtic news, this in-form star has delivered a verdict on his Hoops future after starring for Scotland against Slovenia.

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