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Scotland under-19s coach Billy Stark has today announced his retirement.

In a decorated career, Stark achieved success with St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic as a player, before turning his hand to management and latterly coaching the country’s most gifted youngsters.

He led the Senior Scotland side on one occasion following the departure of Craig Levein, where he recorded a 2-1 win over Luxembourg.

On his decision to call time on his career Stark said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the best young players in Scotland throughout my two spells at the association.

“I would like to thank the staff and players who have helped me throughout the years.”

Scottish FA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell added:

“Billy Stark has been a fantastic servant to youth football in Scotland over two spells and we naturally wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement.

“From Andy Robertson and Stuart Armstrong to Billy Gilmour and Nathan Patterson, Billy has had a hand in the development of different generations of players within the current Scotland squad and, looking at the talent in the recent youth age groups, I have no doubt that we will continue to see his positive impact on the national team for years to come.”