CELTIC’S frozen-out defender Efe Ambrose has been offered the chance by Owen Coyle to kick-start his career at Blackburn Rovers.
The 28-year-old Nigerian international is wanted by the Ewood Park outfit on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Coyle’s side are sitting third bottom of the Championship and are hopeful that Ambrose’s experience can help them to edge away from the relegation zone.
The erratic centre-back also has the offer of a two-year contract with French side Bastia, but is thought to be keen to obtain a British passport and that could yet work in Blackburn’s favour
Ambrose has been deemed surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers this season, making just two appearances.
Signed by Neil Lennon from Israeli club Ashdod for £800,000 in 2010, Ambrose’s Celtic career started very impressively as he made an immediate impact in Scottish football. A highlight in his Celtic career was his starring role at the heart of the Celtic defence in November 2012 when Barcelona were kept at bay until the last minute Messi consolation goal.
Earlier goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt ensured a famous victory for the Scottish Champions and there is no doubt that Ambrose played a crucial part in that famous victory.
Things seemed to go wrong for Ambrose in another European tie against Juventus at Celtic Park. He misjudged a high ball over the top of the Celtic defence and gifted the Italians a goal against the run of play. This was the first of many notable errors from Efe Ambrose and eventually they would cost him his place when Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila.
Standard Liege had a £300,000 bid for the player accepted last year, but the player opted to stay at Celtic and fight for his place.
Meanwhile Calvin Miller was Celtic’s matchwinner in the 1-0 victory over Rangers at Murray Park in the Development League encounter.
The teenager’s strike, his first since making his first team debut at the end of last month, came just before half-time.
The Hoops were in control for most of the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded when Miller pounced. Theo Archibald set up the goal with a pass to pick out his team-mate.
The winger fired low past McCrorie to put the Celts in charge at the interval in a match the the young Celts dominated.
Luke Donnelly should have doubled the lead, but was wayward with his final shot, blazing over the crossbar with just the keeper to beat.
He had another opportunity to finish the game when Archibald played the attacker into space on the right of the box, but his shot was blocked.
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