Mogwai Young Team was listed at #97 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s. The album sold more than 30,000 copies in the UK.
The "MYT" logo found inside the cover was created by Adam Piggot. The MYT logo is based on a popular mark used by young gangs in Glasgow, Scotland. A "Young Team" is specific to an area: "Sighthill Young Team", for example. The Japanese sign on the cover reads "Fuji Bank". The picture was taken and inverted by Brendan O'Hare.
The band took up pseudonyms for the liner notes on the album. Stuart Braithwaite was dubbed pLasmatroN. John Cummings took the nickname Cpt. Meat after his obsession for eating chops. Martin Bulloch adopted the alias bionic because of his heart pacemaker. Dominic Aitchison chose the name DEMONIC because of his childhood fear and nightmares of Lucifer, which would also inspire the album's end song Mogwai Fear Satan. Brendan O'Hare, who was the oldest of the group by six years at 27 and had already been in several recording bands, was named +the relic+.
Mogwai Young Team was re-released in May 2008 on the Chemikal Underground label, packaged as a remaster of the original album with a second disc containing rare tracks from the Young Team sessions and live recordings. Of the second disc, only "Young Face Gone Wrong" was previously unreleased, the following three tracks had earlier appeared on various compilation albums and other releases.
"Young Face Gone Wrong" – 2:58 [outtake from 'Young Team' recording sessions]
"I Don't Know What to Say" – 1:15 [outtake from 'Young Team' recording sessions, originally released on NME's 'Radio 1 Sound City' CD 1998]
"I Can't Remember" – 3:14 [originally released on 'Glasgow EP' compilation 7" on 'Plastic Cowboy' label 1998]
"Honey" – 4:18 [cover, originally released on 'A Tribute To Spacemen 3' CD on 'Rocket Girl' label 1998]