By Harry Sykes
Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is on the verge of securing an emergency transfer to Hibernian, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the centre-back is set to seal a 93-day loan switch to the Scottish Championship club on Tuesday.
It is said that the terms of the deal have been agreed for Ambrose to move to Hibernian and reunite with former manager Neil Lennon.
The Scottish Sun report that Ambrose is set to make his debut for the promotion chasers in their title clash against St Mirren on Wednesday night.
Nigerian Ambrose was close to a deadline-day loan switch to English Championship outfit Blackburn but the move collapsed.
The defender, who won two of his four Premiership titles under Lennon at Parkhead and also lifted the 2013 Scottish Cup, is now set to kickstart his flagging career in Edinburgh.
Lennon, who signed Celtic playmaker Kris Commons on a similar basis earlier in the season, hopes to have Ambrose on board in time for the trip to St Mirren.
With Hibs also seeking to defend the Scottish Cup, Ambrose could also feature in Saturday’s quarter-final against Ayr United at Easter Road.
Ambrose has made only two appearances for Celtic this season and has not been named in the matchday squad since their Champions League qualification campaign in July.
The Nigeria international, who has accumulated 48 caps for his country, has been frozen out by Rodgers after failing to secure a moves to first Belgian outfit Standard Liege and, then, Blackburn.
His penultimate match in a Hoops shirt was the infamous 1-0 defeat to amateurs Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltor in late July.
That could prove to be the ignominious end to Ambrose’s time at Celtic, where he has played 169 matches since joining from FC Ashdod in 2012.
He is out of contract at Parkhead in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers has made it clear that his squad is too big and he wants to get rid of the dead wood. Ambrose can be included in the group of senior Celtic men who have no future at Parkhead and are clearly not going to play any more first-team football this season. If Ambrose wants to play first-team football rather than train with the stiffs and pick up his weekly pay cheque, he needs to give the green light to the Hibernian move and march through the Celtic exit door.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club are to secure a bumper agreement within days.