STEVIE Aitken is set to sign a new “long-term” deal with Dumbarton in the near future, despite their league position being uncertain.

The Sons boss, who has been in charge at the Rock since 2015, said he had enjoyed his time with the part-time club and was keen to stay at the helm.

The deal is expected to be completed within the next week and the former Stranraer boss was keen to turn his focus to the remaining league fixtures.

He said: “We’ve had talks again last week and they’ve been positive.

“The club were quite clear that they wanted me to stay, which is great.

“For a while now they were quite clear to keep me long term regardless of what happens this year. It is great to know that I’ve got the backing of the club.

“But the focus still has to be on the rest of the season and things will sort themselves out, which they will do. In the next week or so hopefully we can get that signed and put it to bed.”

The season at Dumbarton has had numerous highs and lows, with the former Morton midfielder picking up the SPFL manager of the month award in December.

In contrast the 40-year-old was considering his position after the Sons shock Scottish Cup loss to junior side Bonnyrigg Rose in the same month.

And the manager was keen to pay tribute to the Sons supporters sticking by him during his time at the club. He added: “The supporters have been great. There’s been some rough times – it happens at any football club if you ask any manager.

“We’ve had some good days and bad days but the supporters have stuck with it and the players really enjoy working with me and the club and it’s all positive.

“Obviously the contract runs out in five or six weeks time and we’re happy to get something done with it, but I’m not expecting any hiccups at all.”