Efe Ambrose suggests he is the man to replace Victor Wanyama in the heart of the Celtic midfielder.
The Nigerian centre-back was deployed in the centre of the pitch for the weekendâ€™s friendly win over Brentford and says he may spend more time there now Wanyama has left for Southampton on a ÂŁ12.5million deal.
â€śThe manager hinted at the end of last season I could play in midfield if Victor departs,â€ť Ambrose told SunSport.
â€śThis would be to make up for the loss of Victorâ€™s man-marking skills and ability to retain the ball.
â€śThe midfield role is nothing new to me. I have played there for my other clubs and with Nigeria.
â€śIf I am called upon by the coach, I am willing to fill in at any role and I am ready to give my best.
â€śI am not denying the fact that there have been enquiries from other clubs, but I am focused on Celtic.
â€śMy loyalty lies with Celtic. I want to remain here to repay the fans, the coach and the club for believing in me.
â€śItâ€™s all about the team and bringing joy to the Celtic fans.â€ť
A further indication that Ambrose may play midfield more often is that Hoops boss Neil Lennon has signed central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Steven Mouyokolo this summer.