Ambrose heads to Celtic

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 19:38 BST

Celtic have signed Efe Ambrose on three-year deal, the Parkhead club have confirmed.

Efe Ambrose: Delighted to join Celtic

The Nigeria international and Olympic silver medal winner has spent the last three years playing for FC Ashdod in Israeli top flight.

Speaking to the club's official website Ambrose said: "It has been a long day, but it has been worth it. Today is one of the happiest days of my life, signing for one of the biggest clubs in the world - a club I have known about since I was young.

"I just can't wait to get started, to play in front of the fans and call this place home.

"I would like to thank God for everything and to thank the manager and directors here at Celtic - who have placed their trust and confidence in me."

"The move to Israel really opened the door for me and gave me my opportunity. I had been to other clubs, but they were the ones who gave me my chance.

"For that I would like to thank the coaches and directors at FC Ashdod, my agent Dudu Dahan and also my colleagues and the fans - who all helped develop me as a player."

Ambrose plays at centre-back or along the back line, but insists he has no preference.

He said: "I am the kind of player who plays where it is of benefit to the team.

"If the manager trusts me to play in midfield or defence, then I trust him and I am the kind of player who will give 100 per cent, whatever the coach asks of me."

Ambrose declared himself ready to test himself against Europe's elite in the Champions League.

"I have come here to find we are in the same group as Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow," he said.

"It's a lovely group, you might call it the group of death and it will be hard, but hard work always pays.

"I am just looking forward to meeting my team-mates now, there is no better place for me than Scotland."