Efe Ambrose's response when asked if he could leave Celtic

The Celtic defender has been discussing recent criticism and his future.

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose says he 'never' thinks about leaving the Scottish champions, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

Indeed, the 26-year-old has come in for plenty of criticism after a series of errors for the Bhoys. His most recent one came against Fenerbahce in the Europa League and was costly on the night.

But Ambrose isn't contemplating leaving Parkhead in the slightest - and says manager Ronny Deila's faith in him is the biggest factor behind his commitment.

The Nigerian told reporters: "I never think about that because I always have belief in myself. The best way to fight criticism is to deal with it and stay strong.

"You don't run away from it - you face it and I have a manager who really believes in my ability."

Deila certainly seems to have a lot of faith in the 26-year-old, while he has also stood by a number of other Celtic players who have come in for criticism.

Only time will tell if that's good management or simply a reactionary stance that continues to avoid the real problems at Parkhead.

The good news for now is that Celtic fans can return to the summit of the Scottish Premiership even with a draw later today, thanks to a run of poor defeats for current league leaders Aberdeen.

If the Bhoys can capitalise, Ambrose may well be celebrating another league title at Parkhead next summer.

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