Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has admitted that a return to Scottish football does hold appeal for him.

The Nigerian spent last season with Derby County but failed to break into their first-team squad under Frank Lampard. Since then, he’s been training with hometown team Narayi Celtic Kaduna, who were formed after his move to Parkhead.

Ambrose played 169 times for Celtic, and even managed six goals in the process. He would then move to Hibernian after falling out of favour under Brendan Rodgers. At Easter Road, Ambrose would go on to play in 86 Hibs matches before his Derby move.

Efe Ambrose was an overall success at Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And with over 250 Scottish appearances to his belt, Ambrose told the Daily Record that he would happily look into a potential move back to the Premiership.

“I would never say never about the possibility of coming back to Scottish football. It is a great place to play football and I feel the Scottish league is growing and getting better.

“I have had some great times in Scotland. My times there, with Celtic and Hibs, were amongst the best of my career and if there was interest there then it is something I would definitely consider.


“I have had some offers. I had a big-money offer from Turkey that would have seen me earn more than I did at Celtic but it just didn’t feel right.”

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Efe Ambrose could play for most teams in Scotland

Ambrose left Hibs as a firm fans-favourite, and that shows how much he impressed in Leith. He can play for most teams in Scotland without any problems, as he’s a quality footballer.

But any noise about a return to Celtic should be shot down with both barrels. Celtic couldn’t give Ambrose anywhere near the game-time he needs at 30. Considering the options we have at the back, he would be way down the pecking order.

Ambrose would be a fine signing for many teams in Scotland (Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

So far there have been no reported offers for his services in Scotland. But the likes of Hibs, Hearts, Aberdeen, and Kilmarnock to name a few would be mad not to give it a go.

On paper, a return to Hibs would seem the most likely. They’ve been a soft touch under Paul Heckingbottom this season, and have conceded 14 goals in the last four games alone. Bringing in the Nigerian would give their supporters a boost.

Could a potential return to Hibs be on the cards for Ambrose? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Of course, there are a few sides in the Premiership who could do with a defender like Ambrose. He would be a on-field leader, and comes with a wealth of Scottish and European experience.

Hopefully, he finds himself the move his talents deserve. But that shouldn’t lead anywhere near to Celtic Park.

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