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Scottish Youth Champions League 2015 Preview

We are just 3 weeks away from the biggest event of the summer for the 1999 age group. Three time Glasgow champions Milngavie Wanderers host the tou...

Nesbitt the hat-trick hero as emphatic Celtic claim the Little Big Shot Youth Cup

Click here for Celtic FC post match interview article (by David Brockett) / Click here for Rangers FC post match interview article (by Michael ...

Equity Sports US IMG Academy Pathways Programme

Young footballers across the UK now have the opportunity to head to the USA to demonstrate their ‘soccer’ skills, and continue thei...

Draws made for next round of girls' national competition

13's draw   Ties to be played 13/14 June   Boroughmuir Thistel Purples v Aberdeen Ladies 13s Glasgow Ci...

St Peters to host EH17 charity event

St Peter's FC 99s will take on a Paisley and Johnstone District YFL Select XI on Saturday, in  an event in aid of The Brightest Star, a ch...

  • Scottish Youth Champions League 2015 Preview

  • Nesbitt the hat-trick hero as emphatic Celtic claim the Little Big Shot Youth Cup

  • Equity Sports US IMG Academy Pathways Programme

  • Draws made for next round of girls' national competition

  • St Peters to host EH17 charity event


 
Bio:

Born in Glasgow, McArthur joined Hamilton Academical as a youth in 2003. He made his debut in January 2005 against Ross County. He established himself in the Hamilton team the following season and scored his first goal in April 2006 against St. Johnstone.
Such was his progress that he was given the captaincy for his previous club Hamilton against Aberdeen in February 2008 for a Scottish Cup tie and nominated for the First Division Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season. In May 2008 after helping his side to the Scottish Premier League, McArthur was awarded with a new three-year contract.
 
In the 2009–10 campaign, English clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United and Sunderland FC showed an interest in McArthur. On the 5th April 2010, McArthur went on a three day visit to Premier League club Wigan Athletic with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
 
On the 23rd July 2010, Wigan Athletic confirmed the signing of McArthur on a four year deal for a undisclosed fee, believed to be around £500,000, with potential add-ons for appearance landmarks. The move reunited him with former Hamilton team-mate James McCarthy, who was transferred to Wigan at the beginning of the 2009–10 season.
 
He was called up to the Scotlands under-21 squad in February 2008. He made his debut against Ukraine that month and his competitive debut against Lithuania in a UEFA Qualifier in August 2008. On 16th November 2010 McArthur made his senior international debut as a second half substitute for Charlie Adam.
 
Now he answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
 


1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
I played for Rangers South BC, St Johnstone pro youth, Rangers SABC, Clyde and Hamilton Accies.
 
2. Who were the best players you played with and against during your youth career?
I played with Graham Dorrans and Robert Snodgrass at Rangers South and when I was a kid Charlie Grant at Celtic was really good.
 
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
Gazza and the main one, Barrry Ferguson.
 
4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level?
Gerry Mcgregor at Clyde really looked after me and was a great coach.
 
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
Stay away from all the distractions like drink drugs, partying, etc and make sure you practice as much as you can while enjoying it.