FORMER Scotland international star Paul Hartley has emerged as a contender for the Kilmarnock manager’s post.

The ex-Celtic, Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen midfielder is currently gaffer at Cove Rangers and has previous experience in the dug-out at Alloa, Falkirk and Dundee.

Forty-five-year-old Hartley has now been linked with the Rugby Park job following the shock exit of Tommy Wright last week after only 10 months in charge. The one-time St Johnstone Scottish Cup-winning gaffer couldn’t prevent the Ayrshire outfit from toppling out of the top flight at the end of last season and the club were in fifth place in the Championship when he departed, as Scotzine reported.

PRIZE GUY…Paul Hartley with the Championship trophy during his time in charge of Dundee.

Hartley is in the frame following his impressive work with the Highland outfit who are five points clear at the top of League One and are chasing their second promotion in three years.

The much-travelled Glaswegian, who also won the Championship in 2014 during his reign at Dens Park, is now on Killie’s wish list, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

James Fowler, the Head of Football Operations at the club, was in the dug-out in an interim capacity as they beat Hamilton Accies 3-2 at the weekend.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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