Manager of Scottish Premier League side Brendan Rodgers, has left Nigeria international Efe Ambrose out of his squad for the 2016/2017 group stage games in the UEFA Champions League.
Celtic submitted their list for the group stage of Europe number one club competition, and for the first time since the Ambrose joined the team in 2013, he won’t represent them in the UEFA Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers listed Kolo Toure, Emilio Izaguirre, Jozo Simunovic, Cristian Gamboa, Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig.Erik Sviatchenko, Eoghan O’Connell, Jamie McCart and Kieran Tierney as his defenders for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Ambrose fell out of favour with the new manager after his gaffe in their first Champions League qualifiers against Gilbratar minnow Lincoln Red Imps, and since then he has only made one senior appearance for the Bhoys.
The Nigerian turned down a deadline day move to Standard Liege after a transfer fee has been agreed by Celtic with the Belgian over the deal. He reportedly said he is willing to stay behind and fight for his spot in the team.
However his latest omission will no doubt send a clear message to him, that there is no way back for him in the manager’s plan, which could see him depart the team in January.