Morton choose Kenny Shiels as manager

Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been named Allan Moore's successor with Greenock Morton.

Caretaker David Hopkin will remain in charge of the side for Saturday's Championship trip to face Alloa Athletic.

Thereafter, Hopkin will return to his job as development manager while assisting in first-team training.

In a website statement, the club stated: "He has been brought in to keep Morton in the Championship."

The Greenock outfit sit bottom of the table, two points adrift of Cowdenbeath and a further seven behind Dumbarton and Queen of the South.

Shiels, who had been youth coach at Tranmere Rovers, joined Kilmarnock as assistant manager to Mixu Paatelainen in 2010 before taking charge a year later.

However, the 57-year-old Northern Irishman was sacked in June.

Until joining Tranmere, Shiels had spent his career in his homeland, managing Tobermore United, Carrick Rangers, Coleraine, Moyola Park, Ballymena United, Larne and Northern Ireland Under-17s.

He takes over at Cappielow from Moore, who had been with Morton since 2010.

Shiels was believed to be on the shortlist to take over at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but the Premiership outfit instead chose John Hughes.

Shortly before that announcement, Shiels had told BBC Scotland that he feared he would not be given another manager's job in Scotland because he had not played football in the country.

Morton lost two games under Hopkin, losing 4-0 to Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup then Dundee in the Championship with Shiels watching from the Cappielow stand.