Efe Ambrose revealed his love of life at Celtic led him to sign a new four-year deal with the Parkhead club today.

The Nigeria defender, who signed from FC Ashdod on transfer deadline day last summer, extended his stay with the Hoops until the summer of 2017.

Asked why he wanted to remain at the Scottish champions for a further four years, Ambrose, 24, replied: "It's simple - I love the club. Celtic are a massive club, one of the biggest in Europe, and the history behind the club is great.

"I am delighted. I have to thank the club, the management and everybody.

"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."

Ambrose's long runs out of defence have become a part of his game that manager Neil Lennon is keen for him to continue.

He said: "Efe has been fantastic. He is low maintenance in terms of injury, he is always available to play.

"He has terrific pace, athleticism and he is improving.

"He gives us an extra dimension to the way we play in terms of when teams are camped in,
Efe is 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 is becoming more and more consistently good at it and he has started the season very well.

"So I am delighted he has signed a new contract because he is an important player for us."