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Former Rangers and Hibs defender Ian Murray named Dumbarton player-manager

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Former Hibs and Rangers defender Ian Murray has been named as the new player-manager of Dumbarton. Murray will be assisted by Jack Ross – currently interim boss with the Sons – after this Saturday’s match.

After announcing the appointment, Sons chief executive Chief Executive Gilbert Lawrie said: “We put all the candidates through a very exacting interview process. They were all very impressive and it was a tough choice, but Ian fits the profile we had when we started the process.

“Ian’s playing background together with his burning desire to succeed as a manager fits perfectly with our own views, especially with respect to youth development. We are all looking forward to working with him.”

Murray commented: “I’m really looking forward to the job ahead and I’m grateful for the opportunity to show what I can do both as a player and manager. There’s no doubt that we have a mountain to climb given our league position but it’s by no means impossible to make progress.”

The 31-year-old, while still young has bags of experience under his belt, playing for Hibs, Rangers and Norwich City as well as picking up six Scotland caps along the way.

Last season, he travelled to the United States to add to his coaching badges before returning to home shores. Murray’s first game in charge will be next weekend’s Scottish Cup tie against Hamilton Accies, while Jack Ross takes charge of this weekend’s game with Murray watching his new charges from the stand.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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