Scott Booth becomes assistant Scotland youth coach

Former Scotland striker Scott Booth
Booth scored six times in his 22 caps for Scotland

Former Scotland striker Scott Booth has been appointed assistant coach within the Scotland youth set-up.

Booth will work alongside the national performance director Mark Wotte with the under-15 squad and the new National Performance Schools.

"At the moment I would say this is pretty much my dream job," Booth told BBC Scotland's Sportsound programme.

"It's a really excting stage in the Scottish FA with their plans to bring talent through to the national team."

Booth worked under Wotte during his spell as a player at Dutch side Utrecht, where he went on loan from Borussia Dortmund in order to win a place in the 1998 World Cup squad in France.

After retiring from the game, the former Aberdeen and FC Twente player established a successful media career, including analyst work with BBC Scotland.

However, the 39-year-old says it was always his intention to get into coaching.

"This appointment is the culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of luck, to be honest," said Booth.

"I know how difficult it is to get a good, full-time job in football now, and I'm really appreciative of it.

"For me, playing for Scotland was the pinnacle of my career, and I hope that I can help with my experience to get as many as possible through the conveyer belt into the national team.

"And, of course, the main objective is to qualify for the big tournaments.

"It's difficult when you take on a new role to hit the ground running.

"But when you're lucky enough to have someone like Mark next to you helping with his experience, and the other coaches as well, I just can't wait to start."

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