By Will Butcher
Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is set to join Hibernian, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim the 28-year-old defender will sign a short-term deal with Neil Lennon’s side, after going on loan to Easter Road during the second half of the season.
The 47-time international is out of contract with the Hoops at the end of the month and is free to leave Brendan Rodgers’ side for nothing, with Hibs set to profit.
Known for his pace and aerial prowess at the back, Ambrose almost joined Championship side Blackburn in the January transfer window only for work permit problems to call a halt to proceedings.
Ambrose featured 12 times in Hibs’ Scottish Championship run in, as he helped his temporary side gain promotion back to the top flight as champions.
With the former FC Ashdod player in the side, Hibs kept four clean sheets and Ambrose even found the back of the net against Falkirk in a 2-1 triumph.
Own Goal Nigeria claimed earlier this month that French outfit Nice and Premier League new boys Brighton were keen on signing Hibernian’s number 25.
However, he now looks likely to confirm a permanent deal with newly-promoted Hibernian as Lennon looks to bolster his side with proven top-flight talent.
Football Insider verdict:
Ambrose had been ostracised by Rodgers this season, making two appearances for Celtic before leaving to join Hibernian on an emergency loan. Finally being able to end his Parkhead nightmare will now benefit all parties involved, as Celtic can finally wipe the defender’s pay cheque off the wage bill. Ambrose will benefit as he will be guaranteed top-flight, first-team football, and Hibernian will be bringing in a player who has made a huge 113 Scottish Premiership appearances throughout his career. That experience north of the border could help Hibs stay afloat in their first season back in Scotland’s top flight.
In other Celtic transfer news, this Premier League side are plotting an £8million move for one of Rodgers’ in-form stars.