Lennon delighted by ‘class act’ Ambrose
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.”