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Lennon: Ambrose needs rest

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has insisted he will not rush Efe Ambrose back from international duty after learning from the experience of last season.

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Efe Ambrose: Will miss a big chunk of pre-season but needs to rest

Efe Ambrose: Will miss a big chunk of pre-season but needs to rest

The defender declared himself fit for a UEFA Champions League game against Juventus in February after flying in from the Africa Cup of Nations, but produced a poor performance in a 3-0 defeat and was even criticised by team-mate Kris Commons.

He has been away with Nigeria again this summer, at the Confederations Cup, and Lennon has promised that this time he will not come back too soon.

The Celtic boss says Ambrose needs some time off ahead of the new campaign, even if that means he does not play much of a role in pre-season.

Reflecting on what happened against Juventus, Lennon said in the Sunday Mail: "Aye, we'll learn from that one.

"He won't be back until the 15th, so he'll miss a huge chunk of pre-season.

"Efe's a fine athlete but he needs rest."

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