NEIL McCann has been appointed as the new interim Dundee manager.

The former Scotland winger takes over from Paul Hartley who was sacked by the Tayside club on Monday.

A club statement read: “Dundee Football Club is delighted to announce that Neil McCann has been appointed interim manager until the end of the 2016/17 season.

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“Neil enjoyed a successful playing career which both started and ended at Dens Park. He played north and south of the border winning all the major domestic trophies in Scotland.

“The new interim boss holds his Uefa Pro Licence and has coaching experience from his time at Dunfermline, he has also has obtained a great knowledge and experience of the game and the current Dens squad through his work with Sky Sports.”

McCann, 42, has been charged with keeping the Dark Blues in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

At a press conference at Dens Park, McCann admitted that Dundee have taken a risk with his appointment.

The former Rangers and Hearts player said: “It is not a big risk for me, it is maybe a big risk for the club because I have not been in the job before.

“But I appreciate the opportunity. I am not going into anything lightly.”