By Alex Stevens

Efe Ambrose has hailed Brendan Rodgers as a “genius” even though he froze him out at Celtic for most of the season.

The Nigeria international made the remarkable comment about his former manager after completing an emergency loan move to Hibernian.

Celtic 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, where he will reunite with Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.

Ambrose harbours no ill feelings towards Rodgers even though he 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.

Indeed, the defender is convinced that the man appointed by Parkhead chiefs last summer is an outstanding manager.

“I would say Brendan Rodgers is a genius,” said Ambrose, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “That’s the only word I can use.

“Why? Because he really knows football. He’s transformed the boys.

“We had the same players from last season and he’s worked some miracle. Every time I saw him on the pitch, or walked with him at the training ground, I learned so many things.”

Ambrose last 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.

“Not playing has been difficult, but at the same time it’s been great,” said Ambrose to the Scottish Sun. “I used the opportunity to work on myself, and I have learned more from the gaffer and his coaching staff.

“I never missed a training session. I have always been in there working hard. I never doubted I could come back and be stronger, and play better than I did before.”

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.

He is out of contract at Celtic in the summer and it appears likely that he has played the last of the 169 matches for the club he joined from FC Ashdod in 2012.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are to secure a bumper agreement within days.

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