By Will Butcher

Neil Lennon has revealed he is looking to keep Celtic defender Efe Ambrose at Hibernian after he guided his side to promotion from the Scottish Championship.

Ambrose, 28, is out of contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side in just over a months’ time and is likely to leave Parkhead after spending the second half of the campaign on loan with Hibs.

Speaking to Edinburgh Evening News, former Hoops star Lennon revealed he is looking to pursue a deal for Ambrose and claimed talks could begin as early as next week.

“That’s something we’re looking into,” said manager Lennon, when asked about the chances of Ambrose remaining at Hibs.

“He’s not our player, but if we get an opportunity to sit down with him next week and see what his plans are, then it’s something we will pursue.

“Obviously we’d have to speak to Efe, his representatives and Celtic as well. He’s back playing and showing the country what he’s capable of, the quality of player he is.”

Ambrose opted to move to Easter Road after making just two senior appearances for the Hoops back in July this season, which saw him go eight months without playing competitively.

The Nigeria international almost joined English Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers in the January transfer window, but a move failed to materialise due to work permit problems.

It saw Ambrose remain in Scotland and instead join Lennon’s side, where he has made 13 appearances and proved crucial in helping Hibs secure promotion back to the top flight.

The former FC Ashdod defender is set to be in action against Ayr on Saturday afternoon, as Hibernian now play for pride after confirming themselves as champions.

In other Celtic transfer news, Chris Sutton has slammed this Hoops decision ahead of their clash against Rangers.

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