John Hughes is back in management, with the former Celtic and Hibs man filling in the vacant managerial post at Ross County.

Stuart Kettlewell was sacked as Staggies boss on Saturday after a 2-0 defeat to Hamilton left them four points adrift at the bottom of the league. Now Hughes has been appointed until the end of the season. He will take charge against Celtic on Wednesday night with Richard Brittain and Don Cowie remaining as coaches.

11/05/14 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP .ICT v ST JOHNSTONE .CALEDONIAN STADIUM - INVERNESS .All smiles from ICT manager John Hughes

The former Celtic and Hibs man is back in Scottish football. (Photo by Gary Hutchison/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A well-liked figure in the Scottish game, Hughes featured for Celtic, Falkirk and Hibs as a player, going on to have managerial roles at Falkirk, Hibs, Livingston, Hartlepool United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers.

His most famous achievement in management is the 2015 Scottish Cup success he had with Inverness, taking the Highland side to a historic win in the major tournament over former employers Falkirk.

Now his next mission is keeping the Highlands’ Premiership club in the top flight, Hughes back in management for the first time since 2017. A trip to Celtic Park will be a tough start.

16/03/14 SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL. ABERDEEN v ICT. CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW. ICT manager John Hughes

John Hughes’ sole aim will be to keep the Staggies up after a poor run of form leaves them cut adrift at the bottom of the Premiership. (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Announcing the news, County said: “Ross County FC can today announce the appointment of John Hughes as the clubs new Manager.

“John is a well-distinguished and well-known figure within the game and has very valuable experience in the Scottish Premiership. John will retain the services of the current coaching team.”

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