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Neil Lennon holds breath over Efe Ambrose's somersault celebration

Celtic manager Neil Lennon praises Efe Ambrose ahead of Champions League date with Barcelona.

Neil Lennon praised Efe Ambrose after the Nigerian scored his first goal for the Parkhead club.
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon confessed his "heart was in his mouth" watching Efe Ambrose's extravagant celebration after netting his first goal for the Parkhead club.

Ambrose scored in the 5-0 rout of St Mirren, with Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt also adding to the scoring in Paisley.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Spain on Tuesday to face Barcelona in the Champions League Lennon joked he breathed a sigh of relief when Ambrose planted both feet back on the ground.

He said: "My heart was in my mouth. I had never seen him do it before. If he had landed on his neck he could have been in trouble but he has been a huge asset.

"He has had a brilliant introduction. Him and Wanyama were excellent and they will be very important on Tuesday.

"Technically, Wanyama is excellent, his all-round game is of a very high order at the minute. We have good athletes who can play football and I guess that is what you need in the modern game."

Lennon also lavished praise on goal scorer Gary Hooper who added to his impressive tally for the season by opening the scoring at St Mirren Park.

"Hooper, for me, is a great player. He is playing probably at his peak, not only does he score goals but his all-round play and intelligence is of a very high quality now.

"I am starting to run out of things to say about the boy but I just hope he takes that form into the game on Tuesday.

"I thought Tony Watt was fantastic as well, I really did. He was hungry, he is a wee bit raw but he has so many good attributes that he is a defenders' nightmare.

"He just wants to keep running them and wearing them down and I am delighted he got his goal."

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