Scott Brown has been named as the new manager of Ayr United.

The Celtic legend yesterday held talks with Honest Men chiefs in Ayrshire. 

He impressed chairman David Smith and managing director Graeme Mathie during interviews conducted by the board this week.

Now, the 38-year-old has got the job and is back in football management. He has signed a deal until the summer of 2026.

He is due to be unveiled at Somerset Park at 11am tomorrow, with the club officially announcing the news this evening.

Brown's assistant manager will be his trusted No.2 Steven Whittaker who he played with at Hibernian. 

Smith said: “I am delighted to welcome Scott and Steven as the new management team. We have had a busy 8 days conducting informal conversations and more formal interviews with a number of very credible candidates and Scott and Steven showed lots of positive attributes that made them the preferred candidates for the club.

"They are clear in the messages they want to communicate to the players and will use the staff group that we have assembled to the fullest in order to improve players and achieve performances and results on the pitch.They have a very good personal and working relationship and were very clear on how their dynamic works.

"We are delighted to secure their services and are very much looking forward to working with them going forward.”

Mathie added: “I’m really looking forward to working with Scott and Steven.

"Following their successful playing careers, both have undertaken coaching roles alongside gaining their coaching qualifications; Scott at Aberdeen before joining Fleetwood as Head Coach and Steven at Dunfermline in the Scottish Championship.

"Having both played at the very highest level they are both aware of the standards required to be successful, and - whilst we won’t be able to provide the luxury of some of the resources they’ve enjoyed previously - they have shown an ability to adapt to the environments they have been working in when required.

"This is an exciting appointment for Ayr United and I have no doubt will be remembered as an exciting period of time on our journey.”

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Brown has been out of work since his dismissal from Fleetwood Town in September 2023. He last a little over a year in his first management gig in League One.

Now, ready to sink his teeth into a fresh start, he takes over from Lee Bullen who was sacked by Ayr last week.

His first game will come against Queen's Park at Hampden on Saturday in a crucial match in the Championship relegation battle.

Ayr are in action tonight against Arbroath at Somerset, however, interim boss Davie White will oversee the game after he guided the team to a 3-0 win over Kelty Hearts in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.

One of Brown's first games will come at Ibrox for Ayr's Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Rangers.