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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

Updated July 19, 2021 12.8k votes 1.3k voters 40.1k views135 items

List RulesVote up the best Scottish footballers of all time.

Who are the best football players from Scotland? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Scotland or who played on the Scottish national football team. While the Scotland men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of the Tartan Army have been waiting for their side to achieve international glory for a long time. So, who are the best footballers from Scotland? Who is the best Scottish soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Scottish soccer players include national legends like Kenny Daglish, Jim Leighton, Darren Fletcher, and Alex McLeish. There are also current Scottish football stars such as Andrew Robertson, Scott McTominay, and Kieran Tierney, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from Scotland, and help decide who is the greatest Scotland footballer of all time.

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    Jim Leighton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceJohnstone, Scotland

    BirthplaceJohnstone, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    James Leighton (born 24 July 1958) is a Scottish former football goalkeeper. He played for Aberdeen (two spells), Manchester United and Hibernian, among others. Leighton was part of the highly...  more
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    Darren Fletcher

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDalkeith, Scotland

    BirthplaceDalkeith, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Darren Barr Fletcher (born 1 February 1984) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. He has also played as a right winger and on occasion in defence.Fletcher came...  more
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    Alex McLeish

    Defender

    BirthplaceEast Renfrewshire, Scotland

    BirthplaceEast Renfrewshire, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Alexander McLeish (born 21 January 1959) is a Scottish football player and coach. Born in Glasgow, McLeish played as a central defender for Aberdeen during their 1980s glory years, making nearly 500...  more
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    John Collins

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGalashiels, Scotland

    BirthplaceGalashiels, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    John Angus Paul Collins (born 31 January 1968) is a Scottish football player and coach. He played for Hibernian, Celtic, AS Monaco, Everton and Fulham in a 19-year career. Collins also represented...  more
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    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Lawrance "Lawrie" Reilly (28 October 1928 – 22 July 2013) was a Scottish football player. He was one of the "Famous Five", the Hibernian forward line during the late 1940s and early 1950s, along with...  more
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    Andy Goram

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceBury, England

    BirthplaceBury, England

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Andrew Lewis Goram (born 13 April 1964) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. Born in Bury, Lancashire, England, he started his career with Oldham Athletic and Hibernian, but...  more
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    BirthplaceKilbirnie, Scotland

    BirthplaceKilbirnie, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Gordon McQueen (born 26 June 1952) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a centre-back for St Mirren, Leeds United and Manchester United. McQueen also represented Scotland....  more
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    David Weir

    Defender

    BirthplaceFalkirk, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceFalkirk, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    David Gillespie Weir (born 10 May 1970) is a Scottish football coach and former professional player. Born in Falkirk, Weir played as a defender, and began his professional career with his home-town...  more
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    Colin Hendry

    Defender

    BirthplaceKeith, Scotland

    BirthplaceKeith, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Edward Colin James Hendry (born 7 December 1965) is a Scottish football player and coach. Hendry, who played as a defender, started his career with Dundee in 1983. and spent spells at Blackburn...  more
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    Roy Aitken

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceIrvine, Scotland

    BirthplaceIrvine, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Robert Sime 'Roy' Aitken (born 24 November 1958) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made over 480 league appearances for Celtic, and later played for Newcastle United, St Mirren and...  more
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    BirthplaceShrewsbury, England

    BirthplaceShrewsbury, England

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Steven Kenneth Fletcher (born 26 March 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Sheffield Wednesday and the Scotland national team. Fletcher began his club career with Hibernian,...  more
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    Tom Boyd

    Defender

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Thomas, Tom or Tommy Boyd may refer to:...  more
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    Steven Naismith

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceIrvine, Scotland

    BirthplaceIrvine, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Steven John Naismith (born 14 September 1986) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays for Heart of Midlothian and the Scotland national team. Naismith began his career with Kilmarnock in...  more
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    George Young

    Defender

    BirthplaceGrangemouth, Scotland

    BirthplaceGrangemouth, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    George Lewis Young (27 October 1922 – 10 January 1997) was a Scottish footballer who played as a defender. He is best remembered for his 16-year association with Rangers and for being the first...  more
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    Willie Miller

    Defender

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Willie Miller (born 1 November 1969) is a Scottish former football player. He began and spent most of his career with Hibernian, for whom he played in nearly 250 league games. Miller won the 1991...  more
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    Kevin Gallacher

    Forward

    BirthplaceClydebank, Scotland

    BirthplaceClydebank, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Kevin William Gallacher (born 23 November 1966) is a Scottish professional football player and pundit. Gallacher played as a striker from 1983 until 2002, notably in the Premier League with Blackburn...  more
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    BirthplaceStirling, Scotland

    BirthplaceStirling, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Gary Robert Caldwell (born 12 April 1982) is a Scottish former professional footballer and coach, who is currently the manager of Partick Thistle. Caldwell played for Newcastle United, Darlington,...  more
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    Maurice Malpas

    Defender

    BirthplaceDunfermline, Scotland

    BirthplaceDunfermline, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas (born 3 August 1962) is a Scottish football player and coach. He signed for Dundee United in 1979 and spent his entire professional playing career with the club until his...  more
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    Scott Brown

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDunfermline, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceDunfermline, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Scott Brown (born 25 June 1985) is a Scottish professional football player and coach who plays as a midfielder and serves as assistant manager for Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen. He is widely...  more
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    Alan Hutton

    Defender

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Alan Hutton (born 30 November 1984) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a right back. Hutton has made 50 appearances for the Scotland national team, and is currently without a...  more
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    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Kenneth Miller (born 23 December 1979) is a Scottish professional football player and coach who plays for Partick Thistle. Miller, who plays as a striker, is one of only five post-war players to have...  more
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    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Charles Richard Gough (born 5 April 1962) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a defender. He came to prominence in the successful Dundee United team of the early 1980s, winning the...  more
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    Craig Gordon

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Craig Sinclair Gordon (born 31 December 1982) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership club Celtic. Gordon started his career with Heart of Midlothian....  more
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    Christian Dailly

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDundee, Scotland

    BirthplaceDundee, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Christian Eduard Dailly (born 23 October 1973) is a Scottish former professional footballer. A versatile player, he was often seen in central defence, although he played in most outfield positions...  more
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    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    NationalityScotland

    Alan Lauder Morton (24 April 1893 – 12 December 1971) was a Scottish international footballer and "Wembley Wizard". He was known for his stirring wing play as an outside-left and commitment to...  more