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The Nigerian defender has said his Scottish club are not afraid of the Italian giants which they have been drawn against in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League

EXCLUSIVE | By Sam Ade Oguns

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is talking tough ahead of his club's battle against high riding Juventus in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League.

The draw on Thursday pitched the Italian giants against the Bhoys and when asked whether the pairing would halt the progress of Celtic in the competition, the Nigerian defender simply told Goal.com:  "We fear no foe, it is the 180 minutes duration time that would judge."

Ambrose insisted that it was high time people started treating Celtic with respect and that the team is 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. 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.

"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. We will surely be in the last eight with hard work and mother luck on our side," Ambrose assured.

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