Ulster Rugby land Scotland assistant Dan McFarland as head coach

Former Glasgow Warriors and Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland is the new Ulster head coach. Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ulster Rugby have confirmed current Scotland assistant coach Dan McFarland as their new head coach for next season after he signed a three-year deal with the Irish Province.

Former Connacht and Glasgow assistant coach McFarland worked as Gregor Townsend's assistant and Glasgow before making the step to the international team last year.

"I am really excited that I will be taking on the Ulster Head Coach role," McFarland said. "I know firsthand from my years visiting with Connacht and Glasgow the passion and fervour that makes playing in front of Ulster fans so special.

"It's a club with a great history and I welcome the challenge of being a part of their future."

On the field this season Ulster missed out on the PRO14 playoffs after a disappointing year which saw them tear up the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding following their acquittal of rape.

McFarland's new team could also miss out on Champions Cup action as they face Ospreys in a winner-takes all playoff for entry into next year's competition.