Nigeria and Scottish champions defender Efe Ambrose has returned back to Scotland following a collapse of his transfer move to English side Blackburn Rovers.
The 28-year-old was waiting for a move to the English Championship in January before the arrangement fell through because of work permit issues
Blackburn manager has hinted that the deal will not go through this year and the player has returned to his old club Celtic. The Former Kaduna United defender who has 51 caps for Nigeria since 2008 but was unable to secure work permit due to his absence from the national team for a long time.
The out of favour Celtic defender claimed he has held talks with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers who has guaranteed him that he needs to begin playing if he wants to gets his lost position
“It’s difficult as a player you want to play, but as you know football has its ups and downs you have good days and bad days.
“For me, I keep working hard and training hard, I enjoy every moment I spend on the training field.
“The manager has told me, he has seen me he knows my quality and the kind of player I am, but the most important thing for me is to start playing so when I start playing he can see me in a different way,” Ambrose was quoted as saying by The Scotting Sun.
Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray broke the silence stating that the deal for Ambrose will “not happen this year.”
“The club has worked very hard behind the scenes to try and make it happen, but it’s not going to be happening.
“I spoke to the boy, I enjoyed his company as a football guy, he understood the situation and percentage wise it proved very difficult for us to get a work permit for him.
“It could have taken five, six or seven weeks which would have taken a lot of games out. Whether we address that later on we will wait and see,”