Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose released by Livingston

By Euan Davidson

May 18, 2021

Whether you’re a Celtic supporter or not (in that case, you might be lost, but welcome), you’ll agree that sometimes, this is a world without justice.

From the small inconveniences to the biggest, soul-crushing disappointments, it seems that if someone’s behind the wheel, they’ve got a sick sense of humour. Think of all the talented singers who’ll never have an audience. Of all the painters who were told they were useless, before achieving fame long after they’ve died. The Twardzik brothers not getting a game for Celtic. The list goes on.

It’s in that spirit that I regret to inform you that Efe Ambrose is being released by Livingston [Livingston FC].

Despite being a star man for David Martindale’s side, Ambrose may have reached the end of his time in Scotland.

Ambrose, who won 4 titles with Celtic, had been pivotal to Martindale’s solid defence. Livi finished 6th, despite changing manager early in the season, and their manager has been commended. Not just steadying the ship, Martindale has made Livingston hard to beat, frustrating on the plastic pitch at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

But as Martindale’s successful spell rolls on, it’ll be without an African Cup of Nations winner.

Some daft wee guy battles Efe Ambrose for possession / (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Should Celtic look to Efe Ambrose as the rebuild gains pace?

No. They shouldn’t.

Although it bears remembering that Efe Ambrose was actually a qualified success at Celtic. Part of a solid defence ahead of Fraser Forster and – for some of the time – next to Virgil van Dijk, Ambrose was key in big moments for the club [Daily Record].

Fine, he was capable of creating some heart-in-mouth moments, but he also loved a headed goal and a somersault celebration. One of the big characters of the early 9IAR run, Ambrose’s legacy is an unfair one. He was actually much better than we probably gave him credit for, in truth.

He was solid again this season. Next to the reliable Jon Guthrie, who also faces an exit from Livingston, Ambrose was a steady, veteran presence in a defence that started leaky but built resilience week-on-week in a resurgent, genuinely decent Livi side.

We really hope Ambrose’s next club sign him up long-term. At the very least this season, Ambrose has shown his leadership and ability to help co-ordinate a defence.

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