New Livingston defender Efe Ambrose claims Derby County helped develop him as a player despite never featuring for the club, The Scotsman report.

Ambrose signed for Livingston having been without a club since last summer.

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The Nigeria international signed for Derby during the January 2019 transfer window from Hibernian. However, he failed to make a single appearance before being released.

Speaking to the Scotsman, Ambrose says he has no regrets over joining the Rams.

I have missed playing football but do I regret the move to Derby? No, you cannot regret things in football or life. The most important thing was what I learned from Derby. I didn’t have the chance to play but I did not regret it. It was an experience for me and they really helped me and developed me. I took a lot from my time there: the training, the intensity and quality of the players and seeing the work of a great coach in Frank Lampard.

Ambrose joined Derby with the idea of providing competition at the back.

Curtis Davies picked up a long-term injury. It left the Rams with Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori as first-choice, but with few options in reserve.

Ambrose, however, didn’t get a look in. The only time either Keogh or Tomori picked up an injury, the latter at Bristol City, he was replaced by midfielder George Evans.

The Nigeria international now has a chance of resurrecting his career back in Scotland.

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Livingston are fifth in the Scottish Premiership, one point ahead of Hibs in sixth.

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