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Celtic defender Efe Ambrose

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose

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Celtic defender Efe Ambrose

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose admits Ronny Deila's changes were difficult to adapt to – but he believes they will ultimately reap the rewards of the Norwegian's approach.

Celtic secured their first win in six European games on Thursday night when they beat Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 at Parkhead.

The hosts were far from convincing against a dangerous Croatian side but held out following an early Kris Commons strike to put themselves in a good position in their Europa League group.

The victory came hours after Deila gave an impassioned defence of his methods on and off the park, during which he revealed he had made changes to the diet of his players in a bid to make them "24-hour athletes".

And Ambrose believes the benefits of the former Stromsgodset manager's approach are beginning to shine through on the park.

The Nigeria defender said: "The feeling is good because it's been quite a long time since we won a European game at home, so it brought back the winning mentality we used to have at Celtic Park.

"It's been a difficult European campaign so we have started to improve. We are not there yet but we are working hard to get to the level the manager wants us to get. It will take a little bit of time, but we know he has a plan and his ambition for the club is good.

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"He is trying to bring a new style into our game, which is different for us, but every manager has his own game plan and tactics. As players we just have to give him maximum co-operation, work hard in training and improve on every section of training.

"The most important thing is determination, how you prepare your body, staying away from injury and keeping fit. These are key points he is putting into us."

"From the start it was a hard change because it's not been easy playing the way he wants us to play," Ambrose said. "But hard work pays at the end, so we are working hard and I believe we will soon start to reap the reward of what he is trying to bring into Celtic.

"I think we are getting used to it and getting better. The level he wants us to play is very high but I feel in a few months we will be there.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premiership clash with Hamilton, Ambrose added: "You know you can press but when it gets to 80, 90 minutes, it tells. But that is when you show the extra spirit and everything you have got to keep on fighting. We never give up. That is what he has brought into us."


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