Forget Van Dijk, Celtic's biggest summer dilemma will be over this defender

Celtic face a tough decision over whether to keep Efe Ambrose or not this summer.

Celtic are likely to have a tough decision to make over the future of Efe Ambrose this summer. 

The Nigerian defender has fallen out of favour at Parkhead in recent times, with Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk making a strong partnership at the heart of the side's defence.

Ambrose doesn't look good enough to displace either of Ronny Deila's first choice duo and, in truth, he has not reached his top form ever since Kelvin Wilson left the Scottish Premiership champions.

He looks well short of the quality required to break into a side managed by Deila, as the Norwegian demands that his side play passing football - a style which will only serve to expose Ambrose's weakness.

The 26-year-old looks unnatural in possession and he simply doesn't seem to fit in at Celtic anymore. 

The temptation, therefore, will be to sell him. According to the Daily Mail, Celtic received a £3 million offer for Ambrose in January, but they held off in the hope that he would turn his form around.

After his struggles have continued, Deila is more than likely to be considering Ambrose's place in the team, but there are added complications over any potential transfer because of Van Dijk's and Denayer's futures.

Van Dijk looks likely to move on in the summer, with London 24 suggesting Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal could make a bid, and Denayer is set to return to Manchester City, as he is only on loan.

To then lose Ambrose, too, would leave Celtic exposed at centre-back and it would be a huge risk for Deila to take.

To completely reshape a defence would be a tough test for Deila and he will realise just how big a gamble he would be undertaking by letting Ambrose go.

Although the money he seemingly could receive would be helpful to the club, he must weigh up whether the risk is worth the reward and, although selling Ambrose looks the most tempting option at the moment, it may be that he is kept for one more year by the Bhoys. 

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