“He’s not hit his prime yet!” – Jackie McNamara hails Hibs’ capture of Celtic & Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose



JACKIE McNAMARA senior is convinced Hibs are signing a player still to hit his prime after Efe Ambrose agreed a two-year deal with the club.

The Easter Road side are in the process of cutting through the red tape to complete the Nigeria internationalist’s switch following the end of his contract at Celtic.

The 28-year-old was reunited this season with Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who signed him for Celtic in 2012, and the move revitalised a career that was in danger of unravelling amidst high-profile mistakes with the Hoops.

McNamara insists Ambrose ‘strolled’ through his 12-game loan spell, helping the capital club clinch the Championship title and come close to a place in this month’s Scottish Cup final.

And the former Hibs and Celtic defender believes the versatile stopper represents a huge signing coup for his old club.

McNamara told @CCP_sport: “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a great signing. I was hoping they would manage to sign him and I’m delighted they have.

“Of course, Neil Lennon knows what he can do from their time at Celtic and I loved watching him when he was at Hibs on loan.

“Did he ever come off the pitch with mud on his shorts? He strolled it. I know he’s going up a level next season but he’s still just 28 – he’s not hit his prime yet.

“Anyone watching him play for Hibs last season would have snapped him up and I actually thought he would go down to the Championship in England.

“It’s a great bit of business from the club and already I’m really looking forward to next season.”