Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose makes move into coaching

By John McGinley

September 28, 2020

Former Celtic star and current Livingston defender Efe Ambrose has been appointed as a coach of Livi’s Reserve side, the club announced tonight.

The manager leading the project will be BBC Sportsound regular Marvin Bartley, who also plays for the West Lothian side.

They’ll be joined by goalkeeper Gary Maley, with the trio replacing Stevie Pittman and Derek McWilliams.

Bartley told Livingston’s official website: “Efe & Stretch are two massive characters but in all seriousness, they both bring their own high level of expertise.

“Stretch has been a goalkeeper for a long time and he’s now passing on that experience to the younger goalkeepers at the club and Efe has played at the absolute highest level so to have him involved is absolutely brilliant for us and the boys will love working with him.”

Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ambrose was signed by Neil Lennon back in 2012 and went on to make 169 appearances for Celtic.

The 47-cap Nigeria international clearly enjoys his life in Scotland, choosing to continue his career at Hibernian and now Livingston.

Although often criticised for his defending, overall he remained pretty popular with Celtic supporters thanks to a few periods of consistent form, his infectious personality and unbelievable goal celebrations.

In total, he won six trophies with Celtic, including four league titles during our nine-in-a-row run.

Bartley often comes across an informed and intelligent football man on Sportsound, so they have every chance of excelling in their new roles.

Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’d be fantastic to see Efe in the dugout of a club in the future in a coaching role, and although he’s only 31, he’s clearly thinking about this future in the game.

Good luck!

In other news, UEFA’s change to our upcoming Sarajevo fixture will mean an extra night in Bosnia for Celtic.