Efe Ambrose delivers touch of class prior to Celtic clash

By Hamish Carton

March 4, 2020

When Celtic fans think of Efe Ambrose, chances are they think of superb moments followed by awful lapses in concentration.

Amazing silky runs, and high-profile blunders. Oh, and summersaults.

The big Nigerian defender lined up to face his former side and former boss Neil Lennon on Wednesday night as Celtic left it late to grab a crucial point in a 2-2 draw.

Gary Holt’s side were tough opposition (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ambrose had a typically Ambrose game. Moments of brilliance followed by a few moments to forget as the Almondvale club earned a well deserved point.

But one thing that’s never in doubt is his class off the pitch. And he showed all that yet again as he spoke to BT Sport during their ‘Scottish Football Extra’ show, prior to Wednesday’s live match coverage. (18:50, 04/03/20)

His infamous celebrations formed the basis for one of the questions from reporter Stuart Lovell as he asked the Nigerian whether he would repeat the flips should he score against the Hoops.

Ambrose’s answer was typically gracious as he showed a touch of class towards the club he played for between 2012 and 2017.

Ambrose in his time at Hibs (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“No (I won’t celebrate with a backflip)”, he said.

“For Celtic, no. Scoring? I can’t say anything about that.

“But celebrating against Celtic? No.

“It’s going to be strange (going up against Neil Lennon again) because I never thought it would happen again.”

Celtic will likely meet Ambrose again this season

From Wednesday night’s viewing, Ambrose looks like a really good addition to a strong Livingston team.

The West Lothian side are really well organised, and have showed that on numerous occasions over the past 18 months or so.

They’re 5th and in with a real shout of third place and we’ll almost certainly face them and Ambrose again before the end of the season.

We’ve found it tough at the Tony Macaroni Arena (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

There’s also a fair chance we may be asked to trek to the Tony Macaroni Arena for a third time – due to an imbalance in the top six teams we have already faced away twice.

But by then, it’s looking increasingly likely that we will have the league sewn up.

Celtic took a big step towards the title, and Efe Ambrose left the stadium happy. If Carlsberg did Wednesday nights.

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