Efe Ambrose isn’t expecting Celtic to be pushovers today.
The former Celtic man, and African Cup of Nations winner, has enjoyed an upturn in form at Livingston this season. Nigerian defender Ambrose spent 5 years at Celtic Park, signing from FC Ashdod in 2012 (Transfermarkt).
The acrobatic centre-back is key to David Martindale’s defence, alongside the solid Jon Guthrie.
Livingston’s defence has been stubborn during the club’s incredible winning streak. At 32, Ambrose offers energy, leadership and experience for the West Lothian side.
Celtic face Livi both home and away over the next week, with 13 players missing the home match due to Covid-19 self-isolation measures. Neil Lennon will also be watching from his house, as he and John Kennedy have to self-isolate.
According to Not The Old Firm, ex-Celtic man Efe Ambrose is taking nothing for granted:
“Celtic are Celtic, no matter what is going on around Celtic Park right now. We are still playing Celtic, no matter who is putting on the green and white.
“The most important thing is we know we are going to play Celtic. What is in our mind is to go there and keep the momentum going and play a good game. There is no weak Celtic because I have been there and I know that every player merits being there.
“They are not vulnerable. You saw what happened in Monday’s game against Hibs, they are still Celtic, no matter what you think. So we are not going to look at them as a weak Celtic, we are going to look at them as if we are playing their first 11, because that is the mentality. When you look at their weak side you never know what is going to happen.”
Ambitious ex-Celtic defender Efe Ambrose wants to keep Livi form going
With Livingston firmly in the top half of the Premiership table (SPFL), a season which began with upheaval has become quite incredible. David Martindale, who took over in November, has led his side to eight straight wins (BBC), and there’s a genuine chance that the Tony Macaroni could host European football in 21-22.
“We want to finish in the top six, which is paramount for us, and do better than last season. The gaffer has put that in our mindset and for every player to get the best out of this season, to get another good result and then kick on again.”
Ambrose has averaged 1 tackle, 1 interception and 2.7 clearances so far this season (WhoScored?). Despite his obvious affection for Celtic, he’ll not be looking to do Neil Lennon’s men any favours today.