Former Celtic & Wales striker John Hartson starts coaching role at Livingston

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JOHN HARTSON took his first coaching session with Livingston on Tuesday – and manager David Hopkin is thrilled.

Hartson will work with the Lions strikers one or two days a week, depending on his media commitments, and Hopkin is convinced the presence of the former Celtic and Wales marksman can only be good for his squad.

The Welshman is keen to beef up his coaching experience and Hopkin, who crossed swords with Hartson during a decade playing south of the border, believes the arrangement will prove beneficial for both parties.

The Almondvale boss told @CCP_sport: “I’ve known John a long time and the prospect of him coming in was mentioned to me, so I spoke him last week.

“Someone with his experience can only benefit our young players and the strikers.

“If he can help out one or two days a week I’ll be delighted for him to come in.

“He was in on Tuesday morning and it was good for him and good for the players.

“He’s a great lad. He’s offered to come in and help and, although we might have to work round his TV work, I’m delighted.

“The two of us have played at the top level. John has had a great career and lot of the players will look up to him.

“He’s a really, really nice guy and he’s looking to get back into football in some capacity, so it’s good for both parties.”

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