Date: 26th December 2016 at 9:10am
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Brendan Rodgers will help Efe Ambrose find a club in England.

The defender is out of contract in June and won’t be offered a new contract to stay with Celtic.

Due to passport issues the Nigerian is looking to stay on in the UK but turned down an offer from Rotherham during the summer.

With the Yorkshire side rooted at the bottom of The Championship and onto their third manager turning that offer down seems an inspired choice.

Rodgers probably has about five players that he would like to move on next month and as well as strengthening his squad the hoops boss is keen to assist the players heading for the departure gate.

Efe is obviously not playing and he knows where he stands in terms of the team,” Rodgers told the Evening Times. “I want to look after Efe in particular as much as I can.

“This is a guy who when I arrived I saw the newspapers absolutely killing him. This is a good man. He has mistakes like us all but this guy has been slaughtered and made fun of.

I want to protect and help him. No, he isn’t playing for me, but he’s a human being and if I can help him get to England then fine. If something does come in then he and I will sit down and see what is best for Efe.

He has something to offer but in our team that is slightly difficult at the moment.”

Ambrose last appeared for Celtic in the 1-1 draw away to Astana in July and has made over 150 appearances, including 36 in European competitions, since joining from Ashdod of Israel for £1m in the summer of 2012.

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