92% pass-accuracy; five clearances but Celtic's Efe Ambrose is heavily criticised

Celtic lost 4-3 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday but how did defender Efe Ambrose fare?

Celtic took on Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in their final Europa League group match on Thursday, with some poor defending contributing to a 4-3 defeat.

A hat-trick from Marko Pjaca and a strike from Marcelo Brozovic was enough to beat a side who had gone 2-1 ahead courtesy of Kris Commons and Stefan Scepovic and who were also given late hope when Josip Pivaric put through his own net.

But Dinamo held firm and secured the victory, and although Celtic finished above them in Group D, the result suggested the Scottish side have a lot of work to do if they want to remain in this competition much longer.

Efe Ambrose partnered Virgil Van Dijk in the heart of Celtic's defence, and despite some impressive statistics, the Nigerian came in for a barrage of criticism on social media from fans who questioned his inclusion and contribution.

Ambrose had a passing accuracy of 92 per cent (from a total of 53 passes made) while his defensive statistics (three tackles, three interceptions and five clearances) painted a picture of a player who did pretty well despite the score-line.

  Passing AccuracyTotal PassesTacklesInterceptionsClearancesOutfield BlocksKey Passes
Efe Ambrose 92% 53 3 3 5 1 1

But of course such a score-line cannot be dismissed and the Celtic player played a significant part in what went wrong - despite doing plenty right when the goals were not flying in.

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