David Hopkin returns to Morton as manager

Hopkin left Livingston after steering them from League One to the Premiership with back-to-back promotions

Former Scotland midfielder David Hopkin has returned to Morton as manager on a three-year deal.

The 48-year-old led Livingston to successive promotions in 2017 and 2018 but left after winning the Scottish Premiership play-off.

He joined English League One side Bradford City last September but resigned in February after winning seven of his 35 matches.

Hopkin, who made his Morton debut aged 19, replaces Jonatan Johansson.

The former Scotland international, who played for Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leeds after leaving Morton, was described as a “phenomenal coach” by chairman Crawford Rae.

Capped seven times, he ended his playing days at Cappielow and served briefly as joint caretaker manager in 2003 – a role he reprised 10 years later before becoming assistant to Kenny Shiels.

“Attracting David back to the club is a massive coup for us, especially when he has been offered so many positions since leaving Livingston,” added Rae.

“We are delighted that he will be working to further develop our home-grown talent while building a squad that will hopefully bring absent supporters back to Cappielow.

“David knows that it will take time to build and mould his team for the future, which is why we are both delighted to commit to a three-year term.”

Finn Johansson and assistant Peter Houston left their roles a few hours before the final game of the season, with the Greenock side finishing fifth in the Championship.

Johansson took over in September after Ray McKinnon elected to join second-tier rivals Falkirk.

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