Kenny Miller: Livingston hope to announce new player-manager

Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller is expected to take his first steps in management with Livingston

Kenny Miller is expected to give Livingston an answer on Wednesday whether he will become their new player-manager, BBC Scotland has learned.

Miller, 38, met the West Lothian club's board on Monday, with a two-year contract on the table.

He left Rangers after his contract came to an end this summer.

David Hopkin, 47, left Livi after guiding them to the Premiership via the play-offs.

They beat Partick Thistle in the play-off final and will start season 2018-19 with League Cup first-round group matches against Airdrieonians, Hamilton Academical, Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers in July.

Livingston's opening Premiership fixture will be against champions Celtic, where Miller spent one season as a player, on 4 August.

The striker has made more than 700 club appearances across spells in Scotland, England, Wales, Turkey and Canada and won 69 Scotland caps, scoring 18 international goals.

Another former Scotland player, Gary Holt, has also been linked with the Livi vacancy, having previously been in charge of Falkirk.

Meanwhile, Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has returned to Livingston on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old made 17 appearances for Livi last season, scoring eight times.

Ryan Hardie in action for Livingston
Ryan Hardie has returned on loan to Livingston

Acting manager David Martindale told the club website: "From the minute that final whistle blew at Firhill [play-off win over Partick Thistle] I have been on his back urging him to give us a season in the Premiership.

"To be honest, Rangers have been terrific and very supportive of Ryan coming back to us, so it's a win-win for both parties. Ryan, to be fair, has always said he would love to return.

"It speaks volumes for the club as a whole that we have players of Ryan's undoubted ability wanting to return to and play for Livingston.

"Personally I feel we have built a fantastic squad and one that will be very competitive in the top flight."

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