DONALD PARK has been confirmed as the new coach of the Scotland Under-19 team. 

The 64-year-old will combine the role with his current position as Head of Coaching at the Scottish FA, it was announced on Friday.

Park has had coaching spells at a number of clubs across Scotland throughout his career, incuding Hearts, Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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His first test will arrive at the end of the month when the Scots youngsters travel to Serbia to face the hosts, Ukraine and either Montenegro, Israel or Hungary in preparation for the European Championship qualifiers.

“I am passionate about the development of our national youth team players so was honoured to be offered to the opportunity to take on this role," he said.

“I know just how hard our clubs are working to produce players capable of one day playing for the senior Scotland squad and hope I can support their development when they represent the under-19s.

“I believe we have some exciting players coming through right now and look forward to working with them and helping them to fulfil their potential.”

SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay added: “Donald is a highly-respected coach with an excellent pedigree so I am delighted that he has agreed to take charge of our under-19 squad.

“We are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Donald in our ranks and the players will benefit enormously from his knowledge of the game.

“Alongside Brian McLaughlin and Scott Gemmill, we now have a highly-skilled compliment of coaches guiding our national youth teams and I am confident that we can look forward to a bright future under their tutelage.”