MORTON captain Jim McAlister has hailed the appointment of new manager David Hopkin by the club as an ambitious move.

The Ton unveiled the former Livingston and Bradford City boss on a three-year deal yesterday.

Hopkin earned lots of praise in his first permanent manager’s job with Livi, after his Lions side made waves in Scottish football, earning two promotions on the bounce and steering the West Lothian side into the Premiership.

His track record in Scotland has been good, and McAlister says comparisons can be drawn between Morton’s and Livingston’s budgets.

The 33-year-old has yet to speak to the manager, but expects talks to take place with the playing squad soon regarding their futures.

He told the Tele: “It’s a good appointment, he’s got a proven track record in this league, probably working to a similar budget as well at Livingston, and it caught most of us by surprise what they did last season when they got promotion.

“It’s a good appointment and good ambition by the club to give him a three-year contract. It shows they are really buying into the appointment, it can only be good for the club.”