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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

Updated August 16, 2021 13.3k votes 1.4k voters 40.8k 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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    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made over three hundred appearances for both Celtic and Liverpool and earned over one hundred...  more
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    Denis Law

    Forward

    BirthplaceAberdeen, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward. His career as a football player began at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956. After four years at...  more

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    #88 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#26 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

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    Billy Bremner

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceStirling, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    William John Bremner (9 December 1942 – 7 December 1997) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager known for his strength, skills and compact constitution. A midfielder, he played for Leeds...  more
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    Jimmy Johnstone

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceUddingston, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    James Connelly Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006), nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside right. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was...  more
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    Jim Baxter

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    James Curran Baxter (29 September 1939 – 14 April 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a left half. He is generally regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players. He...  more
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    Graeme Souness

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Graeme James Souness (; born 6 May 1953) is a Scottish retired professional football player, who played as a midfielder, and manager. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the...  more

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    #220 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#5 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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    BirthplaceFinnieston, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Daniel Fergus McGrain (born 1 May 1950) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played for Celtic, Hamilton Academical and the Scotland national team as a right back. McGrain is regarded...  more
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    BirthplaceBellshill, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    William McNeill (2 March 1940 – 22 April 2019) was a Scottish football player and manager. He had a long association with Celtic, spanning more than sixty years as a player, manager and club...  more
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    BirthplaceMotherwell, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Thomas Gemmell (16 October 1943 – 2 March 2017) was a Scottish football player and manager. Although right-footed, he excelled as a left-sided fullback and had powerful shooting ability. Gemmell is...  more
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    Archie Gemmill

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePaisley, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Archibald "Archie" Gemmill (born 24 March 1947 in Paisley, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish former footballer. During his career he won the European Cup, three English league titles and captained his...  more
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    Davie Cooper

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    David "Davie" Cooper (25 February 1956 – 23 March 1995) was a Scottish professional football player who played as a Winger for Clydebank (twice), Rangers and Motherwell. He also played for the...  more
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    BirthplaceBellshill, Scotland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alistair Murdoch McCoist, (; 24 September 1962) is a Scottish former footballer who has since worked as a manager, pundit and actor. McCoist began his playing career with Scottish club St Johnstone...  more
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    BirthplaceDundee, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Peter Patrick Lorimer (born 14 December 1946) is a Scottish former footballer, best known for his time with Leeds United and Scotland during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an attacking...  more
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    Bobby Lennox

    Forward

    BirthplaceSaltcoats, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Robert Lennox, MBE (born 30 August 1943, Saltcoats, Ayrshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for Celtic and was a member of their 1967 European Cup-winning team, known as the...  more
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    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    James Edward McGrory (26 April 1904 – 20 October 1982) was a Scottish International football player, who played for Celtic and Clydebank as a forward, and then went on to manage Kilmarnock, before...  more
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    Gary McAllister

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMotherwell, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Gary McAllister, MBE (born 25 December 1964) is a Scottish professional football coach and former player, who is the assistant manager of Rangers. McAllister played primarily as a midfielder, in a...  more
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    Alan Hansen

    Defender

    BirthplaceSauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool team...  more
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    Joe Jordan

    Forward

    BirthplaceCleland, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who was most recently assistant manager of Middlesbrough. A former striker, he played for Leeds United,...  more
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    John Greig

    Defender

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    John Greig, (born 11 September 1942 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played as a defender. He spent his entire career with Rangers, as a player, manager and director....  more
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    BirthplaceBellshill, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Hugh Kilpatrick Gallacher (2 February 1903 – 11 June 1957) was a Scottish football player in the 1920s and 1930s. In 624 senior games, Gallacher scored 463 goals, playing senior league football for...  more
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    Gordon Strachan

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Gordon David Strachan ( or ; born 9 February 1957) is a Scottish football coach and former player. Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City, as well as...  more
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    BirthplaceMotherwell, Scotland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Ian St John (born 7 June 1938) is a former footballer who played for Scotland 21 times and for Liverpool throughout most of the 1960s as a stalwart member of the team that won several major...  more
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    Bobby Murdoch

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRutherglen, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Robert White Murdoch (17 August 1944 – 15 May 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played for Celtic, Middlesbrough and Scotland. Murdoch was one of the Lisbon Lions, the Celtic team who...  more
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    BirthplaceTownhill, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    William Beveridge Liddell (10 January 1922 – 3 July 2001) was a Scottish footballer, who played his entire professional career with Liverpool. He signed with the club as a teenager in 1938 and...  more
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    Darren Fletcher

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDalkeith, Scotland

    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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