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Bio: 
 
Ricky Gillies (born August 24, 1976) was most notable for his career with St. Mirren.
 
An attacking midfielder, Gillies was regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Scotland when he came into the first team at St Mirren. He attracted considerable interest from other clubs in both Scotland and England during his first spell at the club before a move to Aberdeen in 1997 for £400,000.
 
He returned to Paisley in 2000 and was awarded a testimonial in 2002, before left for Partick Thistle in 2005. He spent a year as player-coach in New Zealand with Bobby Gould at Hawksbay United before returning to Scotland with Stranraer in 2007.
 
He is currently Managing Director of Soccer Innovation, which helps players to merge their studies and football with a Soccer Scholarship in the USA. The company also runs soccer camps throughout the year.
 
Ricky now answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
 


1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I grew up in Neilston and played my football for Barrhead Boys Club up until the age of 15. I then moved to St Mirren Boys club and eventually signed YTS for St Mirren FC.

2. Who were the best players you played with and against in your youth career?
I came up against many difficult opponents during my youth days, Paul Hartley at boys club level to Francesco Totti on my youth Scotland career.

3. Who were your role models as a young player?
This one is easy for me... It can only be Kenny Dalglish.

4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level? 
I was lucky enough to have been coached by some great coaches at 
youth level, but I would have to say Ross Mathie.
 
5. If you had one piece of advice to give to today's generation of youth football players, what would it be? 
The main advice I would give to the young kids in football would be to work hard and practice at every opportunity, stay focused not only on football but with their studies also.