New Johnstone Burgh manager Jamie McKim is relishing the opportunity to get started with the Johnstone side.

The 27-year-old admitted it had been a whirlwind week after speaking to the club on Wednesday, and being appointed on Saturday night.

McKim, who previously coached at Glenvale under-17s and under-19s level, met the players on Saturday and took the first training session on Monday night.

He also holds a UEFA C Licence coaching badge, as well as previous coaching spells at Partick Thistle and St Mirren’s youth academies.

And after guiding the Glenvale under-17 side to a Scottish Cup semi-final place over Tynecastle BC on Saturday, he’s looking forward to getting started with the Keanie Park side.

He said: “It’s all happened quick, but it’s good. I met all the boys here on Saturday afternoon, and they seem like a nice group of lads.

“I’ve worked there on and off for 11 years, I had two years at St Mirren and a season at Partick Thistle within the youth teams in the academy.

“It is something I’ve been preparing for with my coaching courses, I’ve been trying to get as qualified as I can since I was 15. I just had this passion for it.”

The appointment of the 27-year-old has been met with scepticism across some quarters of from fans, but the club’s secretary Ricky Caldwell says McKim impressed during his interview.

He added: “ Jamie really impressed us with the interview and what he wanted to do with all the club.

“He’s got the credentials and the enthusiasm, and I know folk will snipe and say he’s just a young boy, saying he’s only 27 but he’s got a UEFA C licence and he’s been under guys like David Longwell [ex-head of St Mirren’s youth academy].

McKim has moved quickly to sign midfielder Stephen Hopewell, with the backroom staff to be added this week.