FORMER Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has emerged as a target for ex-club Hibs and St Johnstone.

The versatile Nigerian international has been without a club since leaving Derby County at the end of last season.

The 31-year-old full-back or centre-half did not play a game for the Midlands outfit after agreeing a January switch from Easter Road and has expressed his openness to a return to Scottish football, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.

Perth boss Tommy Wright is keen to add an experienced centre-back as he bids to guide his team away from the foot of the Premiership table. However, the Edinburgh club’s new gaffer Jack Ross, who was appointed during the week after the dismissal of Paul Heckingbottom, could make him his first signing.

Free agent Ambrose, who was signed by Neil Lennon for both the Hoops and Hibs, could even be in place in Ross’ line-up for the the weekend league game against Motherwell.

SAM COSGROVE, Aberdeen’s top scorer with 16 goals, could be targeted by new Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill in the January transfer window.

The Irishman had been checking out the 22-year-old Yorkshire-born Dons frontman to see if he qualified to play for Northern Ireland during his stint as international gaffer.

Cosgrove, who cost a bargain £25,000 from Carlisle, will not be easily prised away from Pittodrie with Derek McInnes determined to hold onto his marksman.

At the start of the campaign, he insisted Cosgrove was going nowhere and told the media: “We’ve had enquiries about Sam already from other clubs, but he will be staying with us this season.

“He’s improved so much in a short period of time and, hopefully, there’s more to come from Sam.”

RAY McKINNON has been sacked by Falkirk only hours after yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Dumbarton that left the club fourth in League One.

The former Dundee United boss, 49, joined from Morton in August 2018, but the former Tannadice and Aberdeen midfielder, could not prevent the club being relegated to the third tier for the first time since 1980.

Despite a summer signing spree the pre-season title favourites are three points behind leaders Airdrie. Assistant manager Darren Taylor has also been dismissed.

GAVIN SKELTON was in charge of Carlisle in their 2-1 loss to Port Vale in the English League Two yesterday – following Steven Pressley sacking during the week.

The former Queen of the South and Workington boss, 38, would not be drawn on whether he is aiming for the top job, but admitted he wants to remain at Brunton Park.

Skelton, speaking to the local media, said: “Once we get to Monday we’ll go from there. I’m sure the club have got a recruitment process ongoing.

“I haven’t thought about what might happen in the future because it has been such a crazy week.

“I really enjoyed working with the manager and it’s a club I want to work at. I’ve enjoyed the assistant manager role, which is a step up from working with the Under-18s.

The ex-Kilmarnock and Hamilton Accies star said he would be happy to stay in caretaker charge for a longer period if the board ask him.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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