FORMER Celtic and Scotland full back Danny McGrain was appointed the

new part-time manager of second division Arbroath last night.

He takes over immediately at Gayfield Park after the Angus club sacked

their manager of the last 11 months, Mike Lawson. McGrain, 42, had a

distinguished career with Celtic during which time he won 62

international caps. He then had spells with Airdrie, Hamilton Accies,

and Clydebank.

He will be in charge for the first time when Arbroath face Clyde at

Gayfield on Saturday.

McGrain's appointment was announced at a press conference at the

ground last night, just 24 hours after the departure of his predecessor.

He immediately sent out the message to Arbroth supporters that while

the club currently occupy a mid-table position he will be ''very

disappointed'' if they do not gain promotion to the first division.

In welcoming the new manager to the club, chairman Jim King said Danny

McGrain needed no introduction to football followers in Arbroath or

indeed Scotland.

''It is our hope that with Mr McGrain in charge the club will go on to

achieve its ambitions in the game,'' said Mr King.