MUSSELBURGH-BORN footballer Kenny Miller has taken his first steps into management after becoming player-boss at Livingston.

The former Scotland striker takes over from David Hopkin, who left the West Lothian club after guiding them back to the SPFL Premiership through the play-offs.

Miller, 38, left Rangers earlier in the summer, his contract being allowed to expire after a fall-out with then-manager Graeme Murty, who has since been replaced by Steven Gerrard.

Ex-Musselburgh Grammar School pupil Miller will combine his first managerial role with playing for Livi.

His first competitive game in charge is next Saturday (July 14) when they play Airdrieonians in the League Cup.

At a press conference at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday, Miller said: “I’m definitely going to learn on the job

“There’s a great team of people behind me that have been here a long time, had good success over the last few years.

“So I’m really confident in the experience they’ve got to make my job easier than what it might have been at another club, maybe if I was having to look for staff here, staff there.”

Robert Wilson, Livingston chairman, said: “I’m totally delighted Kenny has come after a long week.

“We interviewed him at the start of the week but it was only [on Friday] it was all finalised.

“His arrival can only help the club to move forwards now.”