Late bid tabled for Celtic centre-back - report
By Harvey Byrne
Hibernian have tabled a late loan bid to sign Celtic centre-back Efe Ambrose on loan, according to a report.
The Express has claimed on it’s transfer blog on Monday 3.10pm that Hibs boss Neil Lennon has made an offer to bring in Ambrose and former Hoops ace Anthony Stokes on temporary deals.
The 28-year-old centre-back has been at Celtic for just less than five years after joining from FC Ashdod in the summer of 2012.
He has competed in 169 encounters for the Scottish giants in total, but has been frozen out under Brendan Rodgers this campaign, playing just twice in the Champions League qualification stages.
Meanwhile, Stokes, 28, departed Celtic for Blackburn in the summer, but he has failed to impress in the English Championship with just five goals and one assist coming from 14 appearances in his first half season for the club.
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Hibs boss Neil Lennon managed the pair when in charge of Celtic and it is believed he is now keen to link with them once more as he aims to return his side to the Scottish Premiership.
However, he may face competition for Ambrose’s signature, as it is said that Blackburn are also interested in him.
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear that Ambrose’s time at Celtic is nearing it’s end. Manager Rodgers is looking to take the club forward and the Nigeria international simply does not feature in his plans. A loan move in the second half of the season would also be highly beneficial for the experienced centre-back with his contract set to expire at the Hoops in the summer. It is almost guaranteed that he will be on the look for a new team once the season reaches it’s end and he will not be attracting any potential suitors by sitting in the reserves of the Hoops. Ambrose now needs match time for the sake of his future and a move to Hibs would certainly present that.
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