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Forgotten defender promises Rodgers 100%

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Cristian Gamboa has told Brendan Rodgers that he will always give him 100%.

Last season the defender started just three matches for Celtic but managed to retain his fitness levels to put in three respectable appearances for Costa Rica at the World Cup Finals.

Gamboa’s decision to play for Costa Rica at the Gold Cup in the summer of 2017 resulted in Rodgers writing him off last season with Mikael Lustig, Tony Ralston and Jack Hendry preferred at right-back.

The 28-year-old was drafted in for both matches against Rosenborg and became an unlikely match winner on Saturday when he provided assists to Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic in the 3-1 over Partick Thistle.

Gamboa looks set to retain his place ahead of Lustig for the match against Suduva on Thursday and is happy to put last season into the past.

It was nice to be involved firstly and in the second half I got some crosses in to try to help the team,” the former Rosenborg and West Brom defender told The Sun. “It’s special for me.

I came in with my confidence really high as I got the Rosenborg game as well. The gaffer can trust me 100 per cent.

It’s been difficult but you need to be ready at this club. You can never complain. There is always someone at your back putting pressure on you. I’ve just kept going and worked hard to help the club.

Last season was difficult for me but this season I feel like I’m doing the right things. Hopefully I can build on this game. At this kind of club, there’s always good competition around. You always need to put in hard work.

Every game is a challenge, so you need to prove yourself every time. The manager has made this point to us.

In the past two games, there was disappointment but on Saturday we got back on track, which is good for the club and the fans.”

Like Lustig Gamboa is under contract until the end of this season.

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