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EX-CELT WAS IBROX ‘UNDERCOVER MAN’

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FORMER Celtic defender Efe Ambrose went undercover when he watched his new side Livingston play at Ibrox at the weekend.

The Nigerian international, who has agreed an 18-month contract with the Lothian outfit, was incognito in Govan as he wanted to make sure his surprise move to Gary Holt’s team didn’t leak out. out.

Ambrose indulged in the hush-hush visit to see the team battle well before losing 1-0 to Steven Gerrard’s team with Scott Arfield hammering in the points-clincher in the second-half.

The 31-year-old, who also had a spell at Hibs while Hoops gaffer Neil Lennon was in charge of the Easter Road men, had been out of the game since being released by Derby County at the end of the season. He signed a short-term deal with the Championship side after leaving the Edinburgh side just over a year ago.

Remarkably, the experienced and versatile back-four operator didn’t make a solitary first-team appearance for the Midlands club.

At Ibrox, Ambrose was keen to keep the imminent move back to the Premiership under wraps and, speaking to the Scottish Sun, admitted: “I kept my hat on so no-one could get a look at me.

“Nobody thought Efe Ambrose would be in Scotland, so no-one noticed me.”

And now the player, who will wear the No.25 shirt, can’t wait to get started with Livi.

He added: “I spoke to Marvin Bartley when I got the idea in my head to come back to Scotland.

“When he went to Livingston from Hibs in the summer I followed the move closely. I watched him play and called him up and he told me it was a really good club.

“I also know what has been going on in Scottish football because I have been watching even when I was back home in Africa.

“And eventually I decided I wanted to come back and play again.

“So, I spoke with Marv and then spoke with the coaches to see what we can do and everything progressed from there.”

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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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