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Efe Ambrose discovers new beginning

14 January 2016, 18:03

Glasgow - Celtic defender Efe Ambrose says he has discovered new beginning at his Scottish club.

The Super Eagles defender, who is known for common errors, and scoring own goal, says those days are over and he is set for a new beginning at Celtic.

In 2013, Ambrose famously put a serious dent in former manager Neil Lennon’s hopes of guiding the Hoops to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after handing Juventus two goals on a plate at Parkhead.

And this season, he was slammed by current boss Ronny Deila after another double slip-up saw Fenerbahce fight back from two goals down to claim a Europa League draw in Glasgow, but the former Kaduna United player admits criticism is part of the game.

“Criticism is part of the game, football and life. Whenever you lose someone gets the blame. But when you win, everything is perfect,” he said on The Scotsman.

Also read: Celtic boss disappointed in Efe Ambrose

“Everything that happened is done. I just focus on what I’m doing now. I try to keep my head cool and concentrate on doing the simple things.”

“So when you get criticised the important thing is how you get back on your feet.

“It could be me or it could be someone else. But the most important thing is the team. During that time the team stood by me. They helped me out and were there to pull me out of it.

“So I’ll never give up. I always try to do my best, even when I make a mistake. If I do, I try my best to come out of it because the team comes first.

“When I get criticised I just live with it. I just work hard and go back to the drawing board. I look at my mistake and try to work on it.

“The gaffer has really helped me to deal with these things. I always try to play like a midfielder, to do too much. But he has made me improve on my game and realise that I need to do the simple things, to defend first.

“Those days are past now. It is a new beginning. Everything that happened is done. I just focus on what I’m doing now. I try to keep my head cool and concentrate on doing the simple things.

“It makes you a stronger person. I can’t say I’m the best but football is all about learning and that’s what I keep trying to do,” the central defender said.

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