Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose joins Derby County on loan

Former Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose has completed a short term loan move to English Sky Bet Championship side Derby County.

The 30-year-old Nigerian defender has been in the Scottish Premier League since 2012 when he signed for Celtic in 2012.

After five years with Celtic, Ambrose moved to Hibernian where he has spent his last two seasons.

After criticism from Hibernian boss Neil Lennon, Ambrose was released during the winter transfer window.

Derby have not confirmed the deal for Ambrose on their website or social media channels at the time of this report.

In a report by Score Nigeria, Efe stated that he was delighted to have completed the short term deal and continue his development under former Chelsea star midfielder Frank Lampard who is now coach of the Rams.

Efe Ambrose

He said, “I signed a short term deal with Derby County that runs till the summer.

“I am delighted to join this ambitious club.

 “I am honoured and it is a privilege to play under a legend like Frank Lampard.

“The club’s target is to get the automatic promotion or playoff spot, which I pray that I could be able to play a big part of that by helping them achieve this by God’s grace.”

Since Ambrose was released by Hibernian Easter Road Stadium he has been on trial at several club sides before given an opportunity at Derby.

Ambrose had previously made efforts to play in England in the early stage of his career with Blackburn Rovers but did not go through due to work permit issues.

Ambrose is expected to be available to make his debut when Derby County take on compatriots Leon Balogun’s Brighton and Hove Albion in an FA Cup encounter schedule for Pride Park on Saturday, February 16.


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