EFE AMBROSE is the man to inspire Hibs to the Championship title, according to goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.
The Nigerian international defender has arrived at the Easter Road club on an emergency loan while he runs down his contract at Celtic.
Marciano and Ambrose were team-mates for two years at Israeli club Ashdod.
The shotstopper, who is also on a temporary deal with Neil Lennon’s side after arriving from Israel this season, believes his former colleague’s record in Scotland speaks for itself – four Premiership titles and a Scottish Cup win.
Marciano said: “I understand this past year has been hard for Efe, but I don’t need to talk about what he has achieved in his career.“He’s been playing at the highest level, so for us it’s a benefit to have him here. I think it will be good for us and good for Efe who is happy to be back playing again.
“Efe obviously has that winning mentality, but when I look at our squad I see good fighters, good players who want to win even in tough times.
“He jumped at the chance to come here which is good. You don’t look on Hibs as a Championship club, but as one of the top four in the country.
“It’s a massive club, one that Efe knows from playing against us and I know he feels he has made a good decision.”
Ambrose may have made the step down to kick-start his career, but Marciano has no doubts he’ll quickly adapt to life with the Scottish Cup holders.
He recalled their their days in Israel and said: “There were a few Nigerian players. Israel is a nice country, nice weather and warm people, so it was easy to adapt.
“It’s like that here in Scotland, I feel everyone has welcomed me and it’s been easy to adapt to the football and the lifestyle.
“But Efe is the sort who could adapt to living and playing anywhere, he’s a happy guy. He’s a good friend of mine, so I’m glad he’s come to Hibs because he will be a good addition to the squad.
“We had a good partnership at Ashdod and, to be honest, it’s as if we’ve never stopped playing together.
“But I don’t think either of us would have thought for one minute when we were together at
Ashdod that we’d be team-mates together again in Scotland, never mind Hibs.“But that’s the nice part of football, you never know what might happen.
“You have to dream if you want to achieve good things.”