Efe Ambrose wanted by Fenerbahce as Brendan Rodgers set for Celtic clear-out

Emilio Izaguirre (left) and Efe Ambrose could be set to leave Celtic (SNS Group / Rob Casey)
Emilio Izaguirre (left) and Efe Ambrose could be set to leave Celtic (SNS Group / Rob Casey)

EFE AMBROSE is wanted by Fenerbahce but will need to wait and find out if he is part of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic clear-out.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers has been told he will have £15 million to spend on new faces as he plots a return to the Champions League group stages.

However, he knows even with the financial clout to go out and bring in the players he wants, he still needs to get others off the books in order to have a workable squad size.

As departing manager Ronny Deila himself admitted, he allowed the group to grow to the point where it was unwieldy. At one point they had an incredible 17 midfielders on the books.

With the Norwegian now away, the responsibility falls to his successor to address the issue.

While Rodgers will want to see what he has to work with, the fact remains a clear-out will be required.

And Ambrose, the Nigerian internationalist who can fill various defensive roles, is typical of those who will have to wait and see how that process shakes out.

He still has another year left on his contract, but with Istanbul giants Fenerbahce – in the Champions League after finishing second in the Turkish league – showing interest, he could be allowed to be leave.

Top of the list of those sure to go are the likes of Nadir Ciftci and Stefan Scepovic, two pricey enough buys who were shunted out on loan after failing to make it at Celtic Park.

Honduran star Emilio Izaguirre, displaced in the side by Kieran Tierney, will surely be another.

Likewise, Deila’s countryman Stefan Johansen is understood to favour a change of scene with options in Germany’s Bundesliga awaiting him.

Closer to home, Anthony Stokes, Kris Commons and even Scott Allan, who has shown real glimpses of ability but struggled to make the breakthrough, are others who could move on.