Scotland under-19 boss Billy Stark has announced his decision to retire from football.

The former St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic player, 67, has stepped down from his role within the Scottish FA. 

Stark - who enjoyed a decorated career as a player and coach - will leave his post later this month as he calls time on his career in football.

The experienced coach had served as Scotland under-21 boss and then returned to Hampden to lead the under-19 side as he helped develop a number of key players for the national team including Andy Robertson and Billy Gilmour. 

Stark managed Greenock Morton, St Johnstone and Queen's Park during his career, and served as assistant manager to Tommy Burns at Celtic.

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On his decision to retire, Stark commented: "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.

"Regarding our most recent group, we are proud of the achievement to qualify for the Elite Round and, although it was disappointing not to progress to the finals, the players in this group will be better for the experience and I am certain we will see them continue to flourish in the future."

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."