National youth team coach Donald Park has announced he will step down from the role.

A vastly experienced and widely respected figure within the Scottish game, Park has served as Head of Coach Education and Head of Elite Coaching within the Scottish FA.

In recent times he's taken charge of the Scotland Under-19 side and guided them to a win over the Netherlands in their recent Elite Round.

Park said: "There are so many people I would like to thank - from the staff at Hampden to the countless players, coaches and clubs I've dealt with over the years.

"I feel very lucky to have had the career I've had. It's never been anything other than a labour of love."

Donald Park

Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay added: "It's difficult to find the words to do such a well-liked and respected figure justice.

"In what can be an intense industry at times, 'Parky' was never without his trademark smile and that infectious enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone he encountered.

"After such a long and distinguished career, both on and off the park, it's testament to his character that the raw passion for the game remains intact.

"You'll struggle to find a senior professional player in this country who doesn't have a story to tell about Donald, or something to be thankful to him for.

"During his time here, Donald has performed equally well as a mentor figure – touching the lives of so many up and coming touchline talents - and out on the training pitch, where he obviously feels so at home.

"Notably, his last trip away with the Scotland Under-19s included a fine 2-0 win over the Netherlands. The progress of the players under his stewardship is reflected in those who have just made the step up to Scot Gemmill's squad for the forthcoming Toulon tournament.

"It's an overused cliche but in this case it rings true. Donald is a one-off and I would like to offer my personal thanks, on behalf of everyone at the Scottish FA, to him for his commitment and dedication to Scottish football over such a long period of time."