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‘WE WILL NOT ALLOW CELTIC TO PUNISH US,’ AMBROSE

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FORMER Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has warned his old team that Hibs are out to end their remarkable 57-game unbeaten domestic run.

The Nigerian international insisted the Easter Road outfit will not go into tomorrow’s Parkhead encounter simply accepting they are going to become yet another statistic.

Ambrose is adamant Neil Lennon will not order his team to sit back and hope to hang on for 90 minutes in search of the draw.

He said: “Many teams have done that and been punished.

“So, why just go there and get punished? Why not take the game to them and try to take your chance?

“We won’t sit back. The gaffer wants a team that attacks. It’s something Celtic have worked on for years and they are getting their rewards.

“If we take it to them and are beaten, then, at least, let people say we gave them a bit of a game.

“It’s the challenge every team playing Celtic has. They want to be the first to beat them and now it is our turn to try.

“We are up for the challenge, but it’s action not words.

“We want to do our talking on the pitch, not saying we can do this or that before a ball is kicked. We have to go into the match with the right mentality, do or die, treat it as a cup final.

“That’s what the gaffer wants and once you approach every game as a cup final then you know you are there and the boss is helping us get there.”

Ambrose added: “Celtic have a massive squad and can change the team and no matter who plays, the team will play the same way.

“The advantage they have is that everyone is playing well. I have been around them and I’ve seen them go from strength to strength.

“They have played a long time to get that level, we are still working towards it.”

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