MARTIN ‘Jimmy’ Scott says he is "honoured and excited" to take over as manager of Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The former Ross County and Hibs player joined Rovers last summer as assistant to Neil Hastings, who has left the club for a full-time position.

Scott has appointed former Aberdeen player Steven Craig as his number two and he will join the club this week.

Speaking following his appointment the new gaffer said: “I’m honoured and excited to be appointed manager of the club and I am really looking forward to getting started this week.

“It will be a smooth transition for me, and this is credit to the players, staff and everyone who’s involved in the operation of the club.

“I’ve worked very closely with Neil over the last six months and ultimately the philosophy will remain the same in how we want to approach the game although I will always keep putting the demands on the players to improve on the good work already done.

“I have added Steven Craig to assist with first team operations and to attract someone of Stevie’s pedigree shows what a fantastic club we have here and he’s very excited to start working with myself, staff and the squad.

“On a personal note, I’m absolutely delighted for Neil moving to a full-time position in football. He certainly deserves that opportunity and I have no doubt he will be a huge success.

“Anyone associated with the club would agree this day would eventually arrive as he has a big future in coaching and management, and he certainly leaves Gala with everyone’s best wishes.”

Neil Hastings took charge of the club back in 2019 and made an immediate impact with his professionalism, ambition and passion.

He led the Fairydean Rovers to their highest league finish last season.