NEW Morton assistant manager Anton McElhone believes the club have one of Scotland’s brightest managerial prospects in David Hopkin.

Hopkin won back-to-back promotions at Livingston to secure them a place in the Premiership.

He left Livi after his contract expired last summer, and went to one of his former clubs Bradford City, but resigned after less than six months in charge, having won seven of his 35 games in charge of the Bantams.

McElhone compared Hopkin to former St Mirren boss Jack Ross, who secured Ton’s Renfrewshire rivals promotion last year and led Sunderland to the League One play-off final on Thursday.

The number two says he’s excited to be reunited with Hopkin at Cappielow.

He told the Tele: “He’s a young manager and he’s one of the best around in Scotland. You look around at the likes of Jack Ross and David has had the same sort of success in Scotland.

“Unfortunately David didn’t get the success he would have wanted at Bradford. 

“He could have stayed longer and who knows, it might have been a different story.

“I’m delighted to be back so soon into a job and to be back with David again so soon – I’m very happy.”