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Scotland picks teams for Coalfields home nations after thrilling tournament

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s knock-out competition for the Coalfields Community Cup, and the right to represent Scotland in the C...

YFS launches summer recruitment evenings

YFS is delighted announce we'll be running our summer recruitment evenings across Scotland in July and August. The exact locations and...

Pre-order your FSSDA Festival photos now

The YFS cameras will be at the Fife Soccer Sevens Development Association Festival this weekend, taking individual photos from all teams.  The...

Get your club in shape off the field this summer with our club management software

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YFS launches new 'Grassroots' magazine

To read the first edition of Grassroots magazine, click here. Youth Football Scotland and Grassroots Media are delighted to launch our brand ne...

  • Scotland picks teams for Coalfields home nations after thrilling tournament

  • YFS launches summer recruitment evenings

  • Pre-order your FSSDA Festival photos now

  • Get your club in shape off the field this summer with our club management software

  • YFS launches new 'Grassroots' magazine

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Adam spent much of his early senior career on loan to other clubs. While on loan to St Mirren during season 2005–06, Adam was part of the team that won both the Challenge Cup and First Division, playing in over thirty matches for the Saints. Upon returning to Rangers at the end of the 2006 season, he became a regular under managers Paul Le Guen and Walter Smith. Adam was also part of the Rangers team that reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. 
 
After falling out of favour at Rangers during season 2008–09, Adam was loaned out to English Championship side Blackpool. The loan was made permanent at the start of the 2009–10 season, and Adam became an integral part of the Blackpool side, captaining the team to a play off victory over Cardiff City which resulted in their promotion to the Premier League. He has played at B and full international levels for Scotland.
 
Now he answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
 


1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I was part of the youth set up at Dundee from 1999-2003. I then signed a youth contract with Rangers when I turned 17.
 
2. Who were the best players you played with and against during your youth career?
Best player is a tough one. There has been a lot of players that have since left the game through injury when they were still young but as far as players that are still going strong, probably Wayne Rooney. I played against him at schoolboy level. You could tell he was going to be big.
 
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
I loved playing alongside Barry Ferguson but in terms of studying and admiring a style of play, for me it was Clarence Seedorf.
 
4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level?
I couldn't possibly answer that question, it would upset some close friends haha!
 
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
Practice your skills and techniques rather than just going out and playing a game. Use what you have practiced and adapt it to your game. Study successful players and watch how they read the game and always seem one step ahead. If you ever get rejected at a trial use that as motivation to prove that coach wrong. Finally, never go into a game half heartedly, always give it everything you have.