CELTIC cult hero Efe Ambrose is poised to team up with former Hoops star Paul Hartley at Cove Rangers.

The former Nigerian international defender, now 34, has been training at the Scottish third-tier club and has already featured in a pre-season friendly.

Boss Hartley is mulling over a permanent contract for Ambrose who won four titles in his 150 appearances for the Hoops following his £1million arrival from Israeli club FC Ashdod on the August deadline day in 2012.

Neil Lennon bought the player and utilised the versatile back-four operator at right-back and central defence, but Ambrose was on his way when Brendan Rodgers took over from Ronny Deila in May 2016. He made two appearances for the Irishman before being shown the door.

ACROBATIC AMBROSE…energetic Efe takes off in a spectacular somersault as he celebrates one of his six Celtic goals. Joe Ledley looks on in appreciation.

Ambrose moved to Blackburn Rovers and then Hibs on loan with the switch to Easter Road becoming permanent when he linked up again with Lennon. The 51 times-capped international spent three seasons in Edinburgh before a bizarre move to Derby County in February 2019. He never made a solitary first-team appearance for the English Championship outfit.

Following a lengthy spell out of the game, the utility star returned to Scotland with Livingston in February 2020 and spent over a year in West Lothian.

Ambrose returned to the top flight with St Johnstone and then moved on loan to Dunfermline.

Last season, he was in the Championship with Morton and played in the Cappielow side’s 5-0 Scottish Cup loss at Parkhead.

Now Ambrose, who was a strange mixture of the wonderful and woeful during his time in Glasgow, is ready to continue to his career in the Highlands, according to a report in The Courier.

The home fans can look out for some of Ambrose’s amazing acrobatic celebrations if he manages to score a goal.

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