EFE AMBROSE’S football future has been left in limbo with Blackburn boss Owen Coyle looking to sign another former Celt.
The Nigerian international defender thought he had secured a loan deal at Ewood Park after Brendan Rodgers told him he could quit the Hoops.
Ambrose, who is out of contract at the Parkhead outfit in the summer, agreed a temporary move to the Championship strugglers on the last day of the January transfer window.
However, work permit issues have put the deal in doubt – and Coyle could now move for Paul Caddis to bolster his back-four.
The ex-Hoops youngster, who kicked off his career at the Hoops in 2007 before leaving for Swindon three years later, has been released by Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham City.
Free agent Caddis has been training at Rovers and could now be offered a short-term deal.
Ambrose, 28, has been left frustrated as his career has stalled and has been forced to watch the Lancashire team from the stands in their games against Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers.
Coyle, too, is running out of patience with the football authorities.
He said: “There’s an issue regarding the work permit. For me, it`s one or two things – you`re either eligible or you`re not.
“We had a conversation with Celtic and we were led to believe from them that everything should be okay.
“Going from one governing body, the SFA, to the FA, there`s different criteria for work permits in different countries.”
If the move isn’t rubber-stamped soon, there is the possibility of Ambrose returning to Celtic.