Goalkeeper of Scottish Championship club Hibernian, Ofir Marciano, says Nigerian defender, Efe Ambrose's experience at the highest level will be a big plus to the club's pursuit of promotion back to the Scottish top flight.
Hibernian are currently top in the league table in the Scottish Championship on 51 points, five points ahead of second placed Falkirk.
They are also on course to retain the Scottish Cup which they won last season as they will face Aberdeen in the semi-final.
And since joining Hibernian on loan from Celtic, Ambrose has played two games for the Edinburgh-based club, a 3-1 win against AYR United in the Cup and in a 2-0 loss to St. Mirren in the league.
And speaking on Ambrose joining Hibernian, Marciano, also a teammate of the Nigerian defender at FC Ashdod of Israel, described it as a good transfer deal.
“He’s been playing at the highest level, so for us, it’s a benefit to have him here," Marciano told Edinburgh News.
"I think it will be good for us and good for Efe who is happy to be back playing again.
“Efe obviously has that winning mentality, but when I look at our squad, I see good fighters, good players who want to win even in tough times.
“He jumped at the chance to come here which is good, but you don’t look on Hibs as a Championship club but as one of the top four in the country.
“It’s a massive club, one that Efe knows from playing against Hibs and I know he feels he has made a good decision.”
Recalling their days together in Israel, Marciano said: “There were a few Nigerian players. Israel is a nice country, nice weather and warm people so it was easy to adapt. It’s like that here in Scotland, I feel everyone has welcomed me and so it’s been easy to adapt to the football and the lifestyle.
“But Efe is the sort who could adapt to living and playing anywhere, he’s a happy guy. He’s a good friend of mine, so I’m glad he’s come to Hibs because he will be a good addition to the squad.
“We had a good partnership at Ashdod and, to be honest, it’s as if we’ve never stopped playing together. It’s good to have someone you have played with before and the chemistry will get better, not just with me but the rest of the team. I don’t think either of us would have thought for one minute when we were together at Ashdod that we’d be team-mates together again in Scotland, never mind Hibs.
“But that’s the nice part of football, you never know what might happen. You have to dream if you want to achieve good things.”