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Celtic out to make a statement

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is talking tough ahead of his club’s battle against high-flying Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The draw on Thursday pitched the Italian giants against Celtic, with the Serie A leaders expected to progress.

When asked whether the pairing would halt the progress of Celtic in the competition, the Nigeria defender told Goal.com: “We fear no foe. The 180 minutes will decide our fate.”

Ambrose said it was time people started treating Celtic with
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respect and that the team are not afraid of big names in the game.

“I can tell you honestly that it is a good draw for us and we are very happy about it,” he said.

“We have a united team and we believe in our quality and talent and most importantly, our coaches have been awesome and technically savvy.

“So like I said, we fear no foe but respect all our opponents as we want to make a statement in this competition.”

Celtic secured their passage into the last 16 with a 2-1 victory over Spartak Moscow on the final match day.

Ambrose believes that win and the 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Celtic Park will give his side plenty of confidence.

“We have learnt a great lesson from our last match against Barcelona and I am confident that we will continue to improve as a team,” he said.

“We will surely be in the last eight with hard work and mother luck on our side.”

Thu 20 December, 2012
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