Efe Ambrose’s comments today have certainly hinted that he could be open to a return to Scotland.
The Nigerian centre-back is currently keeping fit with his hometown team Kaduna as he gets used to life without a club. Ambrose left Derby County at the end of last season after failing to make a single appearance.
That move came after a successful spell at Hibs, where he became a fan-favourite before leaving for a new challenge. Ambrose was also signed by Neil Lennon at both Parkhead and Easter Road too.
And as he spoke exclusively to the Sun, he had this to say on his next step:
“I am back in Nigeria now and I am just waiting to see what happens. I am training with my first club, Kaduna, and keeping myself fit. Hopefully in a few weeks I will know about my future.
“I watch a lot of Scottish football and keep updated on Celtic and Hibs. I love Scotland and Scottish football, but right now I don’t know what the future holds”
Not a good move for Celtic to entertain
Ambrose is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly. He won’t get that at Parkhead. Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are of substantially greater quality than the Nigerian. Jozo Simunovic, meanwhile, is another who would keep Efe out the side along with Hatem Abd Elhamed.
But for the club, this would be a totally pointless move. If Ambrose comes back to Scotland, he should either head back to Edinburgh or join a provincial club.
Celtic have far too many greater options at the back. We also can’t forget how often Ambrose made key errors in games, particularly in his final year or so at the club.
He’s done his time here. He clocked five years at Parkhead and made over 100 appearances for the club. As well as that, he experienced a last-16 Champions League run, four league titles, a Scottish Cup, and a League Cup respectively.
It’s best we leave it at that. There’s a reason Brendan Rodgers allowed him to leave back in 2017. It wasn’t because he could be a valuable addition to our squad.
Ambrose hasn’t played since his Hibs days, and that would also be an instant concern. Celtic have moved on, so if he does return to Scotland, Efe would, unfortunately, need to look elsewhere.