Hibernian v Molde preview: Emerson Hyndman hoping to make Hibs debut
Aston Villa signed McGinn from Hibernian on Wednesday
Last Updated: 09/08/18 7:21pm
Efe Ambrose is confident Hibernian can brush off the loss of Scotland midfielder John McGinn and produce another memorable European performance against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday.
Aston Villa beat Celtic to the signing of John McGinn on Wednesday and Hibs head coach Neil Lennon admitted he was preparing for Thursday's Europa League third qualifying round, first-leg tie without the midfielder in mind.
His departure follows on from the loss of Dylan McGeouch, Brandon Barker and Scott Allan from the midfield of last term but Lennon could call on Danny Swanson for the visit of the Norwegians as well as utilising Martin Boyle in a wide position following the return to fitness of striker Florian Kamberi.
And defender Ambrose vowed to show Hibs are no one-man team.
"I don't think it's going to affect us," the former Celtic defender said. "We are a team, not an individual. We know it's been coming so we will just focus on the game, that's the most important thing for Hibs.
"We know if John is here he is a plus for the team, he is a good player. So we are without John but we are still here and we still have the quality of player to do well. So we focus on the game and leave John to deal with everything that is going on around him.
"We wish him well but in football players come and go so we are not going to be distracted by his transfer. I believe in the squad, we have players who can come in and do well. Every team would want John in their team but we have played a couple of games without him and done very well so we will just focus on the game."
Ambrose was on the losing side against Molde in the same competition three years ago as the Norwegian side completed a double over Celtic in the group stages, and the Nigerian warned Hibs will need to be on their guard against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
"I know they are a kind of tactical team and they are disciplined," Ambrose said. "Sometimes you get out of possession and they counter you and they strike on you without you knowing."
Emerson Hyndman could make his Hibs debut if international clearance arrives in time following his six-month loan move from Bournemouth.
On top of the absence of McGinn, defender Darren McGregor (knee) is almost certain to miss out for Hibernian but striker Florian Kamberi has shaken off a similar complaint.
Hibs have signed winger Thomas Agyepong from Manchester City but the Ghana winger is awaiting the outcome of a visa application. Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano (finger) also remains sidelined.