Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers condemns Ambrose booing

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Cetic's Efe Ambrose

The Celtic defender was seemingly booed in Dublin on Saturday.

Cetic's Efe Ambrose lies injured

Quoted by The Scottish Sun, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has condemned the supporters who allegedly booed Efe Ambrose during Saturday's defeat by Barcelona in Dublin.

Celtic lost 3-1 to a Barcelona side including the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Arda Turan in the Irish capital yesterday.

The Spanish giants went 2-1 ahead on the half-hour mark when the much-maligned Ambrose poked a cross past goalkeeper Craig Gordon, when there was no Barcelona shirt around to convert the ball.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the match

The Celtic fans reacted by allegedly booing the 27-year-old centre-half, who has long been ill thought of within the fanbase for a series of errors down the years - many of which came in competitive outings.

Rodgers has insisted that he did not hear the Nigeria defender suffer any verbal abuse from the terraces, but the Northern Irishman has said that it's simply not nice if it did happen.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

“If it was that, I didn’t hear that myself, it’s not nice," he said via The Scottish Sun.

“Efe is a man who, whatever his faults are, is a real good guy who gives his all for the club, devotes his life to Celtic.

“He prepares well, he trains well, he doesn’t cheat. He trains every day and he is a man who wants to get better."

Many Celtic fans on Twitter have acknowledged that it was wrong for those at the Aviva Stadium to boo Ambrose, who joined the Hoops in 2012.

Ambrose has been linked with a move away from the Scottish champions, but the player himself distanced himself from the rumours as a little earlier in the week.

Motherwell's Marvin Johnson (L) in action with Celtic's Efe Ambrose

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