Nigeria international Efe Ambrose has invoked a release clause in his contractual agreement with Hibernian to leave the club for free this month.
The 30-year-old defender consequently puts an end to his two-year spell at the Easter Road and a six-and-a-half-year spell in Scotland.
Ambrose’s decision to quit Hibernian will come as a big blow to the club’s coach Neil Lennon who has tirelessly tried to convince the player he first signed for Celtic to commit his future.
The Hibs official statement on Ambrose’s exit reads:
“The 30-year-old centre-back has invoked a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Easter Road Stadium this month, having indicated a desire to pursue an opportunity elsewhere and, therefore, turn down an improved three-year contract to extend his stay in Edinburgh.
“Efe originally moved to Hibs on loan from Celtic in February 2007 while the club pushed for promotion from the Championship, in no small part due to his relationship with Neil Lennon and his personal circumstances at the time.
“A two-year contract followed, which saw the experienced Nigerian international help Hibs enjoy a successful return to the Premiership and acquire a British passport in the process.
“A popular figure with players, staff and supporters alike, the club made every effort to keep Efe but respect his decision and thank him for his contribution.
“He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Hibernian.”
Ambrose joined Hibernian from Celtic in February 2017, originally on loan, racking up 81 appearances for the Scottish side and scoring four goals.
The Nigerian defender is believed to be eyeing a move to a host of top European sides with Premier League outfits Cardiff City keeping close tabs on the player.