Hoops defender Efe Ambrose is wanted by Fenerbahce – but the Nigerian will wait to see what happens at this summer’s Olympics before making a decision on his future.

Ambrose has a year to go on his current Celtic contract but with Brendan Rodgers stepping into the managerial position at Celtic Park, the defender is expected to be one of those who leaves the club this summer.

However, the defender has his sights set on a strong showing in Rio with Nigeria, a competition he believes might open further doors for him in terms of where his next step in club football ought to be.

Nigeria’s three opening group game at the Olympics come at the beginning of August, when Celtic’s season has already kicked off.

Ambrose won the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria and it is his national team that he has repeatedly given precedence to throughout his career.

Fenerbahce have secured a place in this season’s Champions League group stages after coming second in the Turkish league but there could be further options available to the defender if he shows up well in Brazil this summer.

Certainly, though, it appears certain that he will leave Celtic with Rodgers keen to get players off the books in order to have a smaller working squad.

The Irishman has been told that he £15m available to spend in securing new players as he looks to get Celtic into the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Meanwhile, striker Leigh Griffiths has spoken of his delight at the appointment of Rodgers.

The striker netted 40 goal last season and was voted the SPFA Player of the Year but spent the bulk of the season deployed as a lone striker by former manager Ronny Deila.

It was a system that seemed to suit Griffiths but frustrated a substantial number of the Hoops support who wanted to see a more traditional front pairing, particularly in routine domestic games.

And Griffiths has hinted that he would like the opportunity to play a forward role alongside another recognised striker.

Asked on celticfc.co.uk’s video which details the behind-the-scenes footage from Monday’s press conference in which Rodgers was unveiled if the Irishman’s arrival would lead to more attacking football, Griffiths said: “Hopefully.

“You seen the style of football he played at Liverpool and Swansea.

“He came so close to winning the league with Liverpool. You don’t do that by playing bad football so hopefully he gets the fans back onside.”