Mark Kerr has been named as Ayr United’s new manager.
It is a first step into management for the 37-year-old, who is a former Aberdeen captain and also had spells with Falkirk, Dundee United, Queen of the South, Dunfermline, Dundee and Greek side Asteras Tripolis.
Kerr succeeds Ian McCall who left the Somerset Park club last month to become Partick Thistle boss.
Ayr are sitting second in the Championship and level on points with leaders Dundee United.
Kerr said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity.
“This is a fantastic club and right now we have a top group of players and I can’t wait to lead them.
“This is a great challenge for me at a club I now know very well and I am looking forward to getting down to the hard work straight away.
“This is an extremely proud moment for me, I have loved playing in front of our fans and hope to take the club forward with them.”
Ayr chairman Lachlan Cameron said: “It’s been an unsettling few weeks for everyone involved and it’s never an easy process finding a new manager.
“However, we wanted to do it right and I feel confident in the process and I’m pleased with the result.
“The dressing room would have backed any manager coming in but I know they are especially thrilled with our appointment and are looking forward to getting back to winning ways.”