Ayr United have given ex-Aberdeen captain Mark Kerr his first chance in management as he takes over the reigns at Somerset Park.

Ian McCall left the Ayrshire club last month to become the new Partick Thistle manager. Now one of his former players in Kerr has taken over from him.

Former Aberdeen man Kerr takes over from McCall at Ayr United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking about his appointment, Kerr told the Honest Men’s website: “I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is a fantastic club and right now we have a top group of players and I can’t wait to lead them.

“This is a great challenge for me at a club I now know very well and I am looking forward to getting down to the hard work straight away.”

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The 37-year-old is a familiar face within Scottish football. Having started his professional career at Falkirk, he then had spells at Dundee United, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Dundee, Queen of the South and Ayr.

Kerr was Aberden captain for a period of time. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

His Aberdeen spell was arguably his most successful. He became the Dons’ captain for the 2009/10 season, although it was a disappointing campaign for him, with the Red Army finishing ninth.

Kerr’s played over 620 professional games during his career and is now taking the steps into management. He has won all three games as interim Ayr boss.

Former manager McCall brought the midfielder to Somerset Park in January 2018 and he featured regularly as the Honest Men picked up their first league title for 21 years.

He’s been about for a while  (ED Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Last season, he featured 30 times as they reached the Premiership play-offs. With the club currently joint-top of the Championship table just now, the ex-Aberdeen man will be aiming to achieve another historic Ayr promotion.

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