Gary Holt says there’s more to come from Efe Ambrose after the former Celtic and Hibs defender made an impressive return to SPFL action for Livingston.

Despite having not played since a 1-0 Hibs defeat to Hearts in December 2018, Ambrose looked solid in a three-man defence during Livi’s 1-1 draw with the Nigerian’s former employers Hibs.

Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose made his return with Livingston at the weekend.

Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose made his return with Livingston at the weekend. (ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Christian Doidge opened the scoring before Aaron Taylor-Sinclair levelled things for Holt. It keeps them well in the mix for a European spot, sitting just four points off Motherwell in third.

Ambrose was one player who Holt was impressed by after this match. He says that his debut was impressive although this is only the start for the centre-back.

“To show the character from coming behind speaks volumes about the boys, I’m buzzing for them,” said Holt. “It’s all about what we do, we know what our target is first and foremost.

 

“Try with the mindset to win the game but don’t lose the game, don’t have any regrets. I’m really delighted, they stood up to the test really well. Efe was very good.

Assured Ambrose. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“You know with Efe that he will risk it in certain areas but he’s only been in a week so he’s getting used to what areas we want him to play in. I think you seen his defensive qualities were excellent.

“That’ll certainly come to the fore the more games we have with him and the more weeks we have. The players will get to know him as well. He’ll take on the pictures we paint in training easier than a younger one coming in.

“He’s a big character but he just wants to play football. He wants to win games, he’s not played for a year and he didn’t look like he was tiring or cramping up. That’s testament to him.”

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