Len­non de­lighted by ‘class act’ Am­brose

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NEIL LEN­NON in­sists Efe Am­brose’s loan from Celtic has been an ex­cel­lent piece of busi­ness for both par­ties.

The de­fender moved to the Leith club in Fe­bru­ary on a deal un­til the end of the sea­son and notched his first goal in Saturday’s top-of-the-ta­ble Cham­pi­onship 2-1 vic­tory over Falkirk.

The 28-year-old, who filled in at right­back for in­jured cap­tain David Gray, nod­ded in James Keat­ings’ free-kick from close range be­fore run­ning to the dugout to cel­e­brate with Len­non – who signed him for Celtic in 2012.

Len­non launched a staunch de­fence of the Nige­rian when he brought him to Easter Road and claimed he had been un­fairly mocked. How­ever, the Hibs man­ager in­sists Am­brose has proven in five games that he is still an out­stand­ing de­fender.

He said: “You can see what it means to him to be back play­ing foot­ball.

“I think this has been good for both par­ties. I think it’s been ex­cel­lent for Efe to get his pro­file back in the right man­ner, a pos­i­tive man­ner, and show Scot­land, Bri­tain, Europe and the peo­ple back home in Nige­ria what a class act he is. He has been a great piece of busi­ness for us.”

Keat­ings notched a fine stop­page­time win­ner at the week­end to send Hibs 10 points clear of Falkirk and Mor­ton at the sum­mit. Jim Duffy’s third-placed side are the vis­i­tors to­mor­row evening and Len­non in­sists vic­tory will ef­fec­tively seal the ti­tle.

He added: “If we win, I think that’s it. We would need to lose maybe four games on the bounce and they would need to win all their games.”

Len­non, mean­while, in­sists mid­fielder Dy­lan McGeouch can be­come a key player if he man­ages to avoid in­jury af­ter the for­mer Celtic trainee im­pressed in only his eighth league start of the sea­son on Saturday.

Len­non added: “Dy­lan has that wee bit of cre­ativ­ity, he’s got good feet but we’ve not seen enough of it. He needs to add to his goal tally if he wants to go on and he needs to play more games.”

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