FORMER Hibs defender Efe Ambrose is poised to sign a deal with Frank Lampard’s Championship outfit Derby County.
The Nigerian international is a free agent following his decision to invoke a clause in his contract with the Easter Road side to allow him to leave the club last month.
Ambrose, 30, has been linked with a number of clubs in England as well as a move to Turkey.
Neil Lennon, who parted company with the Edinburgh outfit last week, was keen to keep his ex-Celtic player at the club.
However, Ambrose had made up his mind to quit and will now spend a few days training at Derby in an effort to win a deal.
FAREWELL, HIBS…Efe Ambrose in one of his last games for the club – the 2-0 win over Celtic in December. Pic: Geo.
Eddie May was in charge of the team for the third time last night as they lost 2-0 to champions Celtic at Parkhead with Ryan Christie and Oliver Burke claiming the goals in each half.
Meanwhile, ex-Hibs gaffer John Hughes is backing Dean Holden to do a good job as Lennon long-term successor.
The Bristol City No 2 is among the candidates for the role with former Portsmouth chief Michael Appleton also emerging as a possibility.
Hughes signed the defender for Falkirk from Peterborough in 2007 and insisted: “Dean is one of the best professionals I’ve worked with.
“He was just fantastic, the way he looked after himself, the way he played. He was a good team man, he looks after the dressing room.”
Hibs hope to make an announcement on the new boss in the near future.