Hibbs Boss, Neil Lennon backs ‘resurgent’ Efe Ambrose for Nigeria recall

Hibbs Boss, Neil Lennon backs ‘resurgent’ Efe Ambrose for Nigeria recall

Hibs’ recent good form has already helped one Easter Road centre-half realise his international ambitions. Now Neil Lennon is hopeful Efe Ambrose can force his way back into Nigeria’s plans ahead of next summer’s World Cup

The 29 year-old did not contribute to the Super Eagles’ success in reaching Russia having been dropped because he was not featuring regularly for Celtic. However, the centre-half is reaping the benefits of playing consistently at Hibs after being reunited with Lennon.

The Easter Road side could make it four wins in a row when they take on struggling Dundee this afternoon and are also striving for a fourth successive clean sheet.

Dundee, meanwhile, have lost four successive games and are without goalkeeper Scott Bain, who it’s understood has been dropped from Neil McCann’s squad after a breach of club discipline. Lennon complimented Bain by name yesterday when reflecting how the keeper kept Dundee in the game when the teams fought out a 1-1 draw at Dens Park in August.

Dundee fell to the bottom of the league after last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat against Hamilton Accies. It’s a more positive story at Easter Road, with Hibs having risen to third after picking up nine points in seven days. Ambrose and Hanlon, along with goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, have been central to this upswing in fortunes.

Lennon has called on Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr and Salisu Yusuf to recognise Ambrose’s good form at the heart of the Hibs defence, with Hanlon having already been rewarded.

“I don’t know if I can affect the manager’s thinking,” he said. “Only Efe and his performances can do that.

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