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Tom Boyd

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Tom Boyd began his career at Motherwell were he would make 252 appearances before moving down south to join London club Chelsea. However the young Scottish defender struggled to settle and after only a year and 23 games in the blue of Chelsea he moved back to Scotland to join boyhood heroes Celtic.

Boyd played for Celtic for the remainder of his career, serving as club captain from 1997 to 2002. Tom is the fifth most capped player for Scotland with 72 caps, meaning that he is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour.

He retired in 2003, but has remained with Celtic as a youth manager for the Under 17 side. Since retiring, he has also participated in several charity events such as the Tommy Burns Tribute match and climbing Ben Nevis.

Forde McGhee caught up with Tom at the Street Soccer Challenge Series in Glasgow recently, he answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...

1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I played for Auchengill from Easterhouse. They were my first club, then I moved on to The Celtic Boys Club and the last boys club team I played for was Bishopbriggs.
2. Who were the best players you played with and against during your youth career?
I would have to say a boy Owen McGivern, who ended up at Dundee for some time, I played against him in my school days and he was a great player.
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
Being a Celtic fan I always admired Jimmy Johnstone, couldn't play like him right enough! I also looked up to Danny McGrain and learned a lot from the type of player he was.
4. Who was your favourite coach?
I would have to say the late great Tommy Burns, he was a fantastic coach.
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
Practice, practice, practice!Thats the thing with a lot of youngsters out there just now, they don't practice enough and give up on their dreams too easily. You should never give up.
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Forde McGhee

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