St Mirren boss Stubbs keen to talk to Miller

St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs is keen to speak to Kenny Miller about a move to Paisley once the former Scotland striker has finalised the details of his shock departure from Livingston.

Miller left his player-manager role after seven matches in charge with both parties stressing the decision was amicable.

Livi travel to face fellow Ladbrokes Premiership newcomers St Mirren on Saturday.

“It’s well known that we spoke to him in the summer,” Stubbs said. “Kenny decided to take up the player-manager role at Livingston and for whatever reason that’s not gone the way probably either party would have wanted.

“We haven’t spoken to Kenny, I think he will still have things to tie up at Livi on a contractual basis, and once we find out that’s all resolved, yes, it would be something that we would look to speak to Kenny about.”

Livingston chief executive John Ward claimed on Tuesday that Miller was “frustrated” over the demands of his dual role.

The 38-year-old had asked for more coaching help several weeks earlier but Livi wanted him to stop playing.

Ward told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s not it didn’t particularly not work for the club, I think it was a case that Kenny felt he was being spread too thinly – he was trying to be on the park, and he’d be trying to do the management stuff.

“I think he was frustrated, and again this was a mutual decision, he made the decision that he’s still got a couple more years left of playing in him.”

Meanwhile, Livingston have signed Togo midfielder Steve Lawson, who was close to signing under Miller’s tenure.

Caretaker manager David Martindale told the club’s website: “We have had Steve in for a few weeks now, and have been working away quietly to conclude a deal with the player and his agent which will now see him continue his career at Livingston for the next few seasons.

“Steve can play a number of positions, but is predominantly a defensive centre midfielder. He is a dynamic, athletic player, with pace and a great range of passing.

“He has six international caps for Togo, and most recently played in the Swiss Championship for Neuchatel Xamax, who gained promotion to the Swiss Super League last season.

“Steve had the option to stay but chose Livingston over a host of other clubs. His desire to break into the UK market helped capture his signature.”

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