Celtic defender Efe Ambrose harbours ambitions of playing in England while admitting he is 'happy' with speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool.

The Nigerian international, part of the victorious African Nations Cup team, has been among The Bhoys' star performers this term, returning on cue last week in time for the Champions League last 16 first leg against Juventus.

Ambrose however produced an indifferent display, as the Serie A champions plundered three past Celtic in the first leg to all but book their place in the quarter final.

Efe Ambrose
Ambrose has impressed for Celtic this season.

The 24 year old has been linked with a move to Liverpool of late, and Ambrose admits that a switch to England does interest him.

"I am happy to linked with a club like Liverpool," Ambrose told reporters. "My dream is to play across the border."

"The English league is the best but I am happy at Celtic. I love the fans here and we were unlucky against Juventus."

The former Kaduna United centre back moved to Celtic Park in the summer, and has since made 28 appearances, scoring three goals.

With 19 points separating them from second place Motherwell, Celtic are runing away with the SPL title, but Lennon has spoken of his fear that many of his star names will leave the club.

Fraser Forster, Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama have all been linked with moves away from Celtic, and Lennon admits interest has been lodged from a number of leading English sides.

"Efe has been brilliant for us and there's been a lot of interest in him," said Lennon. "There is definite interest from top teams, not just in England but on the continent as well.

"There's been nothing concrete so far, but I've been made aware of it, put it that way. I don't think we will lose him in the summer, as he's just in the door and there's more he can add to his game. But he's got a few admirers out there with his performances last season."

With Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the season, Liverpool are likely to be seeking additional defensive options in the summer.