David Hopkin is new Livingston assistant manager

David Hopkin (library pic)
David Hopkin (library pic)
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Livingston have appointed former Scotland internationalist David Hopkin as the club’s new assistant manager.

Hopkin will take up his new role at the Energy Assets Arena with immediate effect and will assist boss Mark Burchill in the club’s battle to avoid the drop.

The former midfielder enjoyed a prosperous career as a player south of the border after leaving for Chelsea from hometown club Greenock Morton in 1992 before spells with Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Bradford City followed.

He was also capped seven times by ex-Scotland boss Craig Brown and scored twice against Belarus in a World Cup qualifier at Pittodrie in 1997.

Now aged 44, his most recent stint in the dugout was as assistant manager with Morton before resigning from his position in April last year.

“He’s a guy I’ve known since I was 18 as I played in the Scotland set-up with him, so we’ve always kept in touch,” Burchill said of his new No.2. “But he’s now a very well-regarded coach having spent the past four or five years with Morton with the development squad and then laterally as assistant. He’s done so much in the game and played seven years in the [English] Premier League, so I’m delighted he’s here and I can’t wait to start working with him.”

The Championship’s bottom side announced on Friday the signing of former Inverness striker Ibra Sekajja, Burchill’s first piece of business this month after the club’s transfer embargo was revoked on Hogmanay.

However, the 34-year-old admits he is keen to add further reinforcements for the run-in and has cast an eye over several others who have been in training with the club over the last couple of weeks.

“Ibra’s very quick and has got two good feet with good ability on the ball,” Burchill said of his new striker. “He will definitely add a wee bit of unpredictability to our forward line and can definitely finish so he is a good addition to the squad. The boys like what they’ve seen so far so they’re looking forward to playing with him.

“We had a few in last week but they weren’t what I was looking for. We’re continuously in talks with people but I’ve got my own targets that I’ve known for a while so we’re just waiting to see.

“I want to add more quality in the final third but also the other areas to add a bit of competition.”