By Alex Stevens
Efe Ambrose has joined Hibernian on an emergency loan from Celtic, it has been confirmed.
The Scottish giants have announced on their official website and Twitter account that the defender, 28, has moved to the Scottish Championship club for the remainder of the season.
Celtic revealed that the short-term deal has been completed outside of the transfer window to allow Ambrose to reunite with Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 1, 2017
The defender, who won two of his four Premiership titles under Lennon at Parkhead and also lifted the 2013 Scottish Cup, is aiming to reignite his flagging career in Edinburgh.
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.
His relationship has remained cordial with manager Brendan Rodgers, who has spoken warmly of the player, but the 48-times Nigeria international has been frozen out of the first team.
Ambrose las played for Celtic in the early weeks of the season and his penultimate match in a Hoops shirt was the infamous 1-0 defeat to amateurs Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltor in late July.
But the centre-back, whose Parkhead contract expires in the summer, will be more fondly remembered for the 169 matches he has played since joining from FC Ashdod in 2012.
Football Insider verdict:
Forget the Red Imps disaster. Ambrose has had a decent career at Celtic, although his final campaign has been a forgettable story of extensive negotiations, collapsed transfers and little actual football. Ambrose can be included in the group of senior Celtic men who have no future at Parkhead and it is clear now he has played his final game for the club. The emergency move to Hibs makes sense for all parties and, in truth, the Scottish second tier is now Ambrose’s level.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club are to secure a bumper agreement within days.