EFE AMBROSE tomorrow gets his first chance since arriving in Scotland in 2012, to play at Ibrox and he’s clearly looking forward to what is sure to be a fight for the three points.
Ambrose’s arrival at Celtic co-incided with the events across the city in June 2012 when Rangers, heavily in debt and in administration since Valentine’s Day that year, had a CVA rejected and were subsequently placed into liquidation.
Charles Green’s start up venture became a club at the end of July 2012 and began life in the old Third Division. So it has taken until tomorrow for the Nigerian international to get the opportunity to play at Ibrox.
Ambrose is clearly hoping it will be worth the wait.
“It is a great stadium to play in and they are playing well at the moment,” he said.
“They are a team we have to give respect to. They have a number of new players who will be looking to do well and impress.
“But we are going there to give them a fight and we’ll see. The best team will win the game.”
He added: “We know if we get a chance we need to utilise it, because last season we had several chances but weren’t scoring goals.
“This season, with Murray, Stokesy coming in, Boyle, McGinn, everybody, there are lots of people able to score – defenders, midfielders, strikers. It makes it difficult for the opposition.”
His fans will be counting on Anthony Stokes, back at Hibs for the third time, to be the big game hunter of old tomorrow. Whatever happens they will never forget his last outing against Rangers in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final but will be hoping for the same again tomorrow.
Stokes relishes the prospect and is the type of player that makes the 7/2 odds on offer at SportNation.bet for an away win tomorrow pretty appealing.
“I think I prefer games like that,’ he said.
“Where atmosphere is intense where there’s nothing more on the line. You want to win every game but the atmosphere does get through to you. You just have to stay relaxed.
“The fans can’t play the game for them it’s down to us. I am positive if we bring our A game then we can cause them a lot of problems.”
Stokes reckons he’s come back to a strong squad at Easter Road than the one he left on that glorious May afternoon 15 months ago. He’s kept up to date with the Scottish game during his time at Blackburn, there’s plenty of online options for this of course such as Sportnation.com and obvious Scotzine, but he’s nevertheless been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the current Hibs squad.
“I think it is a better squad genuinely,” he observed. “I think there’s greater depth to it, competition for places. I think it is a stronger squad, that’s only my personal opinion though.”