Livingston have unveiled Richard Gough as their new manager.

The club rooted to the foot of the Scottish Premier League, sacked Allan Preston last week and it quickly emerged that former Rangers captain Gough was their favoured option to take the reins.

Gough had little hesitation in accepting the offer put to him and he is looking forward to cutting his managerial teeth at Almondvale.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to demonstrate my capabilities as a manager,” he said.

“I watched Livingston at Rugby Park last weekend and look forward to working with the team firstly as we seek to improve the club’s league position, and also to plan ahead and strengthen the squad for this season and next.”

Archie Knox will act as Gough’s assistant, with Alex Cleland (reserve-team coach) and Graeme Robertson (head of youth development) completing the coaching team.

Livingston are in dire trouble both on and off the field, but the club hope the appointment of Gough will be the start of a revival in their fortunes.