Rumour Mill: Efe Ambrose | Kevin Doyle | Hearts | Danny Galbraith

Efe Ambrose: happy at Celtic but eyeing a move south. Picture: SNS
Efe Ambrose: happy at Celtic but eyeing a move south. Picture: SNS
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Efe Ambrose expresses desire to play in English Premier League whilst Kevin Doyle admits Celtic interest; Foundation of Hearts ‘making progress’ plusex-Hibs winger Danny Galbraith joins Limerick.

Efe Ambrose happy at Celtic but targeting EPL switch

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has insisted that he is happy at Parkhead, but his desire is to one day play in the English Premier League.

The Nigerian international, who scored again for Celtic last night in their 1-1 draw with St Johnstone, admitted he was flattered by interest linking him with Liverpool among other English clubs, but that he was happy at Celtic, adding that the team had been unlucky against Juventus.

Ambrose signed for Celtic barely six months ago from Israeli side Ashdod for £1.5 million, agreeing a three-year deal.

Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is said to be keen on a move to Parkhead. Celtic were linked with the Irish forward during the last transfer window, but any proposed deal fell through. However the 29-year-old hitman has hinted that he would welcome the chance to join the Scottish champions.

Foundation of Hearts determined to move forward

The Foundation of Hearts (FoH) group is due to meet with a Scandinavian consortium this week, as talks continue to decide the future of Hearts.

FoH is continuing to accumulate financial pledges from individual supporters designed to determine a future budget for the club under fans’ ownership, and although the Ukio Bankas situation has cast some doubt on future proceedings, Alex Mackie of FoH is confident of taking things forward.

“Ukio Bankas being placed in temporary administration and last night’s announcement of its insolvency and the permanent termination of its banking licence have added additional concern to an already challenging and confused situation,” said Mackie.

“There is a lack of clarity as to the commercial relationship between Ukio Bankas, Ubig and the football club and for our part – as would be the case for any prospective buyer – due diligence dictates that the potential implications for the club have to be clarified”.

Mackie expressed concerns about the Tynecastle club’s apparent unwillingness to negotiate with FoH but revealed he is confident that channels of communication remain open with the club.

Galbraith joins Limerick on two-year deal

Frozen-out Hibs winger Danny Galbraith - a former Manchester United youth player - has joined Irish side Limerick on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old was told by manager Pat Fenlon he was free to find a new club last month, after struggling with injuries.

He will come up against ex-Hibs duo Richie Towell and Kurtis Byrne, who now play for Dundalk.

Scottish refs land Champions League ties

SFA whistlers Craig Thomson and Willie Collum have been handed two of tonight’s biggest matches in the Champions League. Thomson will officiate in the match between AC Milan and Barcelona, whilst Collum is the man in the middle for Galatasaray’s clash with Schalke.

Ex-referee Stuart Dougal believes Scotland’s referees are benefiting from operating under a less-pressurised environment now that Rangers are no longer in the SPL - but Dougal added he believed Thomson and Collum had gained vital experience from refereeing Old Firm games.

Aberdeen hope for Osbourne return

Isaac Osbourne faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring. The Aberdeen midfielder is set to miss two months of the SPL season but Pittodrie manager Craig Brown is hopeful of the 26-year-old returning in time for the post-split fixtures.

McGregor nears St Mirren return

St Mirren defender Darren McGregor is scheduled to make a return to training later this month. The 27-year-old, sidelined since August after suffering his second cruciate ligament injury in two season, is nearing the end of his rehabilitation, with Buddies boss Danny Lennon looking forward to the return of McGregor, who he feels is doing ‘very well, not only physically but mentally’.