Date: 15th February 2019 at 8:10pm
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Derby fans were given mixed messages after the signing of Efe Ambrose was confirmed.

Picking up a 30-year-old who has won the African Nations Cup, played in the World Cup Finals and helped a Scottish club reach the last 16 of the Champions League ought to be celebrated but you know what they say about statistics.

Whether it was the ‘Bombscare’ nickname or his ability to put in a solid 88 minutes before calamity struck there is no denying the impact that the defender made at Celtic.

Alongside Kelvin Wilson he formed a cut-price central defence that engineered an incredible win over Barcelona on route to 10 points and a place against Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Before the first leg with Juventus Ambrose helped Nigeria to win the African Nations Cup. A few days later he was rushed into action in the Champions League, cost Neil Lennon’s two avoidable goals as his career went into a tailspin.

Despite the set-backs Lennon took Ambrose on loan to Hibs as they finally escaped the Championship, Hibs fans loved him.

Back in the top flight he has been Hibs most impressive player over an 18 month period, with their celebrated midfield moving on in the summer he brought a measure of stability to the team.

Derby fans have been well briefed what to expect, Frank Lampard has watched the 30-year-old carefully in training and will know all of the baggage.

Daryl Murphy and Teemu Pukki have excelled in The Championship, only a fool would bet against Efe slotting in in the same way as Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Fox have handled life in the second tier of English football.