Wonderful week to be capped at Nou Camp

EFE AMBROSE wants to follow Fabulous Friday with Wonderful Wednesday.

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New father Ambrose says he will at least get to sleep in Barcelona
New father Ambrose says he will at least get to sleep in Barcelona

To achieve this, the Celtic defender aims to bring down Barcelona in the Nou Camp - the stadium where he played well enough last season to make it into Uefa's Champions League Team of the Week.

Having helped his side defeat Motherwell 5-0 just hours after being present at the birth of his daughter, Angela, then watching Nigeria be drawn against Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in next summer's World Cup finals, Ambrose believes anything is possible.

Which is why, despite going into Wednesday's closing Group H game in bottom spot, that big, broad smile remains firmly in place.

He said: "We played well at the Nou Camp last season and were unlucky to lose late in the game.

"It's a stadium where you want to play well, but every time I put the Celtic shirt on I want to play well.

"It is a special game when you play in the Nou Camp, at any time. We want to go there and put a smile on the face of our supporters.

"We know we are not going through to the next round, but we just want to give them something back at the end of the campaign.

"It's not about getting our pride back, or anything like that. It's about enjoying the experience and hopefully getting something out of the game."

Celtic only have three points from their opening five group games, and Ambrose accepts it has been a campaign of missed opportunities.

"We know we were not at our best in the Champions League this time," he said. "But sometimes football does not work out the way you plan or hope.

"The important thing was that we made it to the group stage and we fought hard.

"I believe we actually created more chances in the games than we did last season, but we couldn't convert at important times.

"But it is always a good experience and an adventure to play in the Champions League."

The Hoops head to Spain in terrific form, scoring 12 goals without conceding any in their last two games.

Ambrose - who netted the second at Fir Park -said: "At last we have started taking most of the chances we create.

"But it is going to be a different ball game in the Nou Camp."

Ambrose reckons it might be the perfect moment to head to Barcelona, explaining: "One of the best things I can give the baby as a present is to score a goal on the day she was born and then go and play against Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

"It's maybe not the worst time to go away - because I will get some good sleep."

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