Former Celtic defender vows to repay faith shown by Derby


EFE Ambrose insists he is eager to repay Frank Lampard’s ‘trust’ by helping Derby County win promotion back to the Premier League.

The former Celtic defender penned a short-term deal with the Rams on Friday after invoking a clause in his contract to quit Hibs last month.

The 30-year-old knocked back the chance to move abroad to instead sign for Derby and has set his sights high south of the border.

He said: “I know what it means to be in the top six and what it means to get a ticket to the Premier League.


“I know the ambition that Frank Lampard wants for this club, so for me that is a motivation.

“Every player wants to make a mark and I want to do the best I can do to give back to the club.

“All I can do is make sure we are in the top six, the play-offs, or the coaches have said, automatic promotion.

“We are aiming for the top two places to get the automatic ticket so once you put that in your head then it’s a challenge and it’s not impossible.”

With Derby currently sitting seventh ahead of the visit of Millwall tomorrow, Ambrose added to Rams TV: “I know it’s a busy time playing every weekend and that’s the challenge I like. It’s competitive football that I like so I don’t have a problem with that.

“I want to prove myself and make sure to repay his trust in me and that is why I’m here.”

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