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Kolo Toure forces Efe Ambrose out of Celtic as Olympiakos relaunch £1m bid

The arrival of Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure from Liverpool to Celtic seems to have made the services of Nigerian central back Efe Ambrose surplus at the Scottish club.

Olympiakos failed in a move for the Nigerian international 18 months ago but are set to relaunch a bid as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to trim squad numbers.

Ambrose travelled to Kazakhstan with the rest of the squad on Monday to Astana for Tuesday’s Champions League crunch, and could be handed some playing time as Toure was not registered for the first leg tie.

Ambrose is now unlikely to be at Celtic Park for much longer and a move to Greece could be on the cards, according to Daily Record.

Ambrose joined Scottish Premier League club Celtic in the summer 2012 transfer deadline day, signing a three-year contract. After joining the club, Ambrose praised his new team mates at Celtic for helping him settle down in Glasgow quickly. Ambrose also revealed he studied British football in order to join Celtic by watching both Scottish Premier League and English Premier League games on TV upon hearing about Celtic’s interest in him

Ambrose was a member of the Nigeria national under-20 football team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He later represented Nigeria U-23 and played two games at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. In the Africa Cup of Nations, Ambrose played five out of six games for Nigeria, playing in the right-back position, including the final which he started.

After the tournament, Ambrose was named in the 2013 African Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament. Ambrose says winning the Africa Cup of Nations was his biggest achievement and one of the greatest moments of his life.

He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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