Celtic defender Efe Ambrose agrees four-year deal

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has agreed a new four-year contract with the Scottish champions.

The 24-year-old Nigeria international arrived in Glasgow in August 2012 after joining for an undisclosed fee from Israeli club Ashdod.

"He's already an important player for us," said Celtic manager Neil Lennon. "Efe has been fantastic and he's low maintenance in terms of injuries.

"He's got terrific pace, terrific athleticism and he's improving."

An Africa Cup of Nations winner this year, Ambrose is now tied to the Glasgow club until the summer of 2017.

"He gives us an extra dimension in the way we play," added Lennon.

"When teams are camped in, he's not afraid to bring the ball out from the back and take a risk now and again.

"I don't want to discourage that because he's becoming consistently good at it."

Ambrose has scored once this season, in the Champions League qualifier at home to Cliftonville, and is enjoying his time in Scotland.

"Celtic are a massive club, one of the biggest in Europe, and the history behind the club is great," he said.

"I still believe I have a long way to go. But this deal shows how committed to the club I am.

"I feel at home here, my family is settled and that is important to me."