Celtic defender Efe Ambrose admits he had no choice but to sacrifice himself for the team against Hearts

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BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose admits he was left with no choice but to sacrifice himself for the team after being sent-off in Saturday’s goal-less draw at home to Hearts.

The Nigerian internationalist was shown a straight red-card by referee Kevin Clancy in injury-time after tripping winger Sam Nicholson in a last-man challenge.

(Pic: Sashawinberg)
Ambrose was sent off for bringing down Sam Nicholson in a last-man challenge (Pic: Sashawinberg)

 

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson even praised the 26-year-old for his ‘professionalism’ in preventing Nicholson from going one-on-one with goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Ambrose will now miss Sunday’s Premiership outing at Hamilton but he insists he does not regret being ordered off.

Ambrose said: “I was happy to help my team get something from the game.

“I was the last man and so I had no choice but to make the tackle and save us from losing the game in the very last minute.”

Ambrose admits it was good to be reacquainted with fellow Nigeria international and Hearts left-back Juwon Oshaniwa at the weekend.

He added: “It was nice to be together again and play on the same pitch but I always prefer when we are playing together in the same team than playing on opposing sides.”

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