ST MIRREN are poised to name Stephen Robinson as their new manager.
A compensation package of £100,000 has been agreed with League One side Morecambe to pave the way for the former Motherwell boss to take over from Jim Goodwin in the Paisley dug-out.
Former Old Firm rivals Scott Brown and Steven Naismith had been linked with the role following news Jack Ross, sacked by Hibs just before the Premier Sports League Cup Final against Celtic in December, had ruled out a return to the club, as Scotzine reported.
The former Celtic skipper was taken to Aberdeen in the summer in a player/coach capacity by Stephen Glass who was axed following the Scottish Cup exit at Motherwell with Goodwin taking his place.
Brown, 36, is under contract at the Pittodrie club until next summer while 35-year-old one-time Rangers striker Naismith is currently in charge of the Hearts Under-18 side.
However, the Saints have gone for experience in the shape of 47-year-old ex-Well boss Robinson, who spent three years at Fir Park, and an announcement is imminent, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.
The Buddies received £250,000 from the Dons for Goodwin after inserting a buy-out clause in his contract.
The Paisley club return to Premiership action tomorrow night when they face relegation-threatened Dundee at Dens Park.
Mark McGhee took over the Tayside job after the club dismissed James McPake last week and saw the team lose 3-2 to his old club Celtic in Glasgow on Sunday.
Robinson could be in the Saints dug-out when Hearts visit on Saturday afternoon.