FORMER Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose has been offered a chance to earn a permanent deal at English Championship side Derby County.

The Nigeria internationalist, signed for Celtic by former manager Neil Lennon and then brought to Easter Road by the Northern Irishman two years ago, has been out of contract since deciding to leave Hibs at the end of his contract last month.

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With Frank Lampard in charge, the Rams are currently in seventh place in England's second tier on 47 points, outside the play-off places on goal difference to Bristol City, and just 10 points behind leaders Norwich City with a game in hand.

Evening Times: Frank Lampard with run the rule over Efe Ambrose at Derby CountyFrank Lampard with run the rule over Efe Ambrose at Derby County

Ambrose was part of the Super Eagles side which won the 2013 African Cup of Nations and was named in the competition's team of the tournament. He also represented his country at the 2014 World Cup, but has not been selected since 2016 after losing his place in the Celtic team following a stream of high-profile mistakes.

Evening Times: Neil Lennon signed Efe Ambrose for both Celtic and HibsNeil Lennon signed Efe Ambrose for both Celtic and Hibs

Ambrose played 86 times under Lennon for Hibs, scoring six goals. Both he and his former manager are no longer with the captial club after Lennon parted ways last month following a frustrating first half of the 2018-19 season.