The Scottish FA is pleased to announce the appointment of Scot Gemmill as Scotland Assistant National Youth Teams Coach.
Scot has been involved in the national youth team set-up over the last three years, assisting with the Scotland Under-19 squad, but will now work across all youth teams, from under-16 through to under-21 level, on a match-by-match basis.
The former Scotland international gained 26 caps as a player in a career that saw him play for Nottingham Forest, Everton, Preston North End, Leicester City, Oxford United and New Zealand Knights.
Scot will assist Billy Stark next week as the Scotland Under-21 team take on Greece in a friendly match before joining Scott Booth and the under-16 squad in Portugal the following week.
Scot said: “I feel really fortunate to have been given this opportunity.
“I’ve been working with the youth teams for the last three years and it’s been fantastic experience for me.
“I’ve seen our youth teams play in a lot of European qualifiers and friendly matches and I know we are more than capable of being competitive.
“One thing that has really impressed me about our young players is how focused they are to do well. The new generation of players have the right mentality and they know they need to develop and be professional from a young age.”
Scotland legend Archie Gemmill, Scot’s father, led Scotland Under-19s to the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2006 and Scot hopes to be able to replicate similar success with current youth international squads.
He said: “My dad and Tommy Wilson did remarkably well to get the under-19s to the final of the 2006 championships as it’s really difficult to qualify for any tournament finals, let alone get to the final itself.
“They lost 2-1 to Spain but they pushed them really hard in that match and it could have gone either way.
“When you look back, you think ‘flipping heck, what an achievement that was’.
“These things are largely dependent on the group of players you get at that age group and it goes in cycles with some years stronger than others.
“Hopefully we can create more success at youth international level.”
Scot will be part of the backroom staff that travel to Greece next week as Scotland Under-21s continue their UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013/15 preparations and says he is excited about helping the squad make the next step up.
He said: “The under-21s is the next step up for all the players that have been involved in the under-19s in the last couple of seasons.
“Some of them are playing for their first teams now which is fantastic for their development.
“I was lucky enough to play for the under-21s myself and you don’t realise it at the time but it definitely helps with your development and takes your game to the next level.
“There are some talented players in the squad and I’m looking forward to working with them and helping Billy wherever I can.”
Mark Wotte, the Scottish FA’s Performance Director, added: “Scot impressed me very much during the Pro Licence and on various activities when we ask him to assist Billy Stark with the under-19 squad.
“He will play an important part in coaching the future Scotland internationals and, being a former Scotland and Premier League player, I am sure the lads will pick up a lot of information that he will share with them.
"Scot will work with us on a part-time, match-by-match basis.
“He is a committed coach with ambitions to manage in his own right in the future.
"He is one of the new generation of Scottish coaches that I expect a lot from in the near future.”