Craig Levein has been named as the new manager of St Johnstone.

The 59-year-old has tonight been confirmed as Steven MacLean's permanent replacement at McDiarmid Park.

The former Dundee United, Scotland and Hearts manager was in the stands on Wednesday night as Saints secured their first win of the season against Kilmarnock. The experienced coach watched on as the team, led by interim Alec Cleland, showed their qualities. 

Levein has signed a deal with the club until 2026 and will be joined by Andy Kirk as assistant boss.

He will take charge of the team immediately ahead of their game against Motherwell.

Speaking to Saints TV for the first time after the appointment was confirmed, he said: "I am delighted to be sitting here as the new St Johnstone manager.

"I know Geoff Brown, Roddy Grant, Gus MacPherson and Stan Harris well and they were a massive part in why I have joined the club.

"I believe we have a great squad here that can kick on and start to climb up the league. Andy is a great coach and will take on most of the training.

"I can’t wait to get started and look forward to the future here at McDiarmid Park."

St Johnstone CEO Stan Harris, added: "I am delighted to welcome Craig to St Johnstone.  Craig joins with vast experience having managed over 600 games, including having the highest honour of managing Scotland.

"We identified the need for experience to help guide St Johnstone through this difficult spell, we believe we have found that by appointing Craig.

"We wish Craig all the best in his new role and have no doubt we have picked the right candidate for the job.

"We would like to thank Brechin City Football Club for their co-operation throughout this process and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.

"Finally, we would like to thank Alec Cleland, Danny Griffin, Craig Hinchliffe and Alistair Stevenson for stepping in and securing a vital win over Kilmarnock during what was a very difficult time for everyone at St Johnstone."