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List of the best soccer players from Scotland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Scotland, along with photos when available. This list of best Scottish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Scottish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

These players, like Barry Ferguson and Billy Davies include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Scottish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Scottish soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Scottish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Kenny Dalglish Forward Kenneth Mathieson "Kenny" Dalglish MBE is a Scottish former footballer and manager. In a career spanning 22 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honours with ...more

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Denis Law Forward Denis Law CBE is a Scottish former football player, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a striker from the 1950s to the 1970s. Law's career as a football player began at Second Division ...more

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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Graeme Souness Midfielder Graeme James Souness is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s and player-manager of Rangers in ...more

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Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jimmy Johnstone Outside forward, Midfielder James Connolly "Jimmy" Johnstone, nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player ...more

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Jimmy McGrory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jimmy McGrory Forward James Edward "Jimmy" McGrory was a Scottish International football player, who played for Celtic and Clydebank and then went on to manage Kilmarnock, before returning to Celtic after ...more

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Jim Baxter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jim Baxter Midfielder James Curran Baxter was a left-footed Scottish footballer who played as a midfielder. He is generally regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players. He was born, educated and started ...more

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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alan Hansen Defender Alan David Hansen 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 of the late 70s ...more

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Ally McCoist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Ally McCoist Forward Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoist MBE, is a Scottish football player, manager and pundit. McCoist began his playing career with Scottish club St Johnstone before moving to English side ...more

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Danny McGrain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Danny McGrain Defender Daniel Fergus "Danny" McGrain is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for Celtic and Hamilton Accies in defence. McGrain was also a Scotland international, winning 62 ...more

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Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Billy Bremner Midfielder William John "Billy" Bremner was a Scotland international footballer and manager. A midfielder, he played for Leeds United from 1959 to 1976, and captained the side during this time, ...more

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Davie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Davie Cooper Midfielder David "Davie" Cooper was a professional football player. He played for Clydebank, Rangers and Motherwell. He also played for the Scotland national team. He died of a brain haemorrhage ...more

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Hughie Gallacher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Hughie Gallacher Forward Hugh Kilpatrick "Hughie" Gallacher was a Scottish football player in the 1920s and 1930s. In 624 senior games, Gallacher scored 463 times. Gallacher lacked height and weight. However, ...more

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Andy Goram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Andy Goram Goalkeeper Andrew Lewis Goram is a former Scotland international association football goalkeeper. Born in Bury, Lancashire, England, he started his career with Oldham Athletic and Hibernian, but he is best ...more

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Archie Gemmill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Archie Gemmill Midfielder Archibald "Archie" Gemmill is a Scottish former footballer, most famous for a goal he scored against the Netherlands in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The goal is so famous that it sometimes ...more

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John Greig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
John Greig Defender John Greig MBE is a Scottish former professional football player who spent his entire career with Rangers as a player, manager and director. Greig was voted "The Greatest Ever Ranger" ...more

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Gordon Strachan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Gordon Strachan Midfielder Gordon David Strachan OBE is a Scottish football manager and former player. Strachan is the manager of the Scotland national team. Strachan played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds ...more

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Gary McAllister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Gary McAllister Midfielder Gary McAllister MBE is a Scottish former professional footballer. McAllister played primarily as a midfielder, in a successful career spanning over nineteen years. He started his career at local ...more

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Alan Morton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alan Morton Alan Lauder Morton was a Scottish international footballer and "Wembley Wizard". He was known for his stirring wing play as an outside-left and commitment to Rangers. He retired from ...more

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Billy McNeill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Billy McNeill Defender William "Billy" McNeill MBE is a former Scottish footballer and manager. He is best known for captaining Celtic to the European Cup triumph in 1967 and he later went on to manage the ...more

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Bobby Lennox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bobby Lennox Outside forward, Forward Robert "Bobby" Lennox, MBE is a former Scottish professional footballer who played for Celtic Football Club and was a member of their 1967 European Cup winning team known as the Lisbon ...more

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Lawrie Reilly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Lawrie Reilly Forward Lawrance "Lawrie" Reilly 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 Bobby ...more

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Bobby Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bobby Murdoch Midfielder Bobby Murdoch was a Scottish professional footballer who played for Celtic and was one of the Lisbon Lions, the Celtic team who won the European Cup in 1967.

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Jim Leighton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jim Leighton Goalkeeper James "Jim" Leighton MBE is a Scottish former football goalkeeper. Among the clubs he played for are Aberdeen, Manchester United, Arsenal, Dundee and Hibernian.

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Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Billy Liddell William Beveridge "Billy" Liddell was a Scottish footballer, who played his entire professional career with Liverpool. He signed with the club as a teenager in 1938 and retired in ...more

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Tommy Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Charlers added Tommy Gemmell Defender Thomas Gemmell is a former Scottish footballer and manager. Although right-footed, he excelled as a left-sided fullback and had powerful shooting ability.

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Paul McStay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
bigcraig added Paul McStay Midfielder Paul Michael Lyons McStay OBE, nicknamed the Maestro, is a former football player who spent his entire career with Scottish team Celtic F.C., making his debut in 1982 and retiring in 1997. He ...more

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Joe Jordan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Joe Jordan Forward Joseph "Joe" Jordan is a Scottish football player, coach and manager. A former striker, he played for Leeds United, Manchester United, and Milan, among others at club level, as well ...more

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Alex McLeish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alex McLeish Defender Alexander "Alex" McLeish is a Scottish former footballer and current manager of Genk in the Belgian Pro League. Born in Glasgow, McLeish played as a central defender for Aberdeen ...more

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Bertie Auld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bertie Auld Outside forward, Midfielder Robert "Bertie" Auld is a Scottish former football player and manager, perhaps most notable as a member of Celtic's Lisbon Lions side of 1967. As a player, he made more than 200 ...more

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Gordon McQueen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Gordon McQueen Defender Gordon McQueen is a former Scottish football player, who played as a central defender for St. Mirren, Leeds United, Manchester United and Scotland.

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Ian Durrant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Ian Durrant Midfielder Ian Durrant is a retired Scottish professional footballer who played for the Scottish clubs Rangers and Kilmarnock, as well as the Scotland national team.

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Colin Stein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Colin Stein Forward Colin Stein is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Hibernian, Rangers, Coventry City and Kilmarnock. Stein was part of the Rangers team that won the 1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He ...more

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Joe McBride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Joe McBride Forward Joe McBride was a Scottish footballer who played for clubs including Celtic, Hibernian, Motherwell and Dunfermline Athletic. He was a prolific goalscorer, who is the third highest goalscorer in ...more

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Ian St. John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Ian St. John Forward Ian St. John is an actor.

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Bobby Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bobby Evans Defender Robert "Bobby" Evans was a Scottish football player and manager, most notable for his time with Celtic. Bobby began playing football for Glasgow Junior side Pollok FC. He then joined ...more

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Alan Gilzean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alan Gilzean Forward Alan John Gilzean is a former professional footballer from the 1960s and 1970s and played for Dundee and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Jimmy Quinn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jimmy Quinn Jimmy Quinn was a Scottish footballer who played for Celtic and represented Scotland. Signed for Celtic by Willie Maley from junior club Smithston Albion in 1900, he took several seasons to make ...more

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Derek Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Derek Johnstone Defender, Forward Derek Joseph Johnstone is a former Scottish association footballer. Johnstone played mainly for Rangers during his career. He also had a spell at Chelsea and a brief stint in management with ...more

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Ian Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Ian Ferguson Midfielder Ian Ferguson is a former professional footballer, manager and current Director of Football at Northern Fury FC. Ferguson, who possessed the superstition of having to play with the right side of ...more

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Stuart McCall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
dadxufox added Stuart McCall Midfielder Andrew Stuart Murray McCall, usually known as Stuart McCall, is a football player and manager, who is currently the manager of Rangers. He made a total of 763 league games and in 40 full ...more

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Willie Johnston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
bigcraig added Willie Johnston Forward William McClure "Willie" Johnston is a Scottish former professional football player, best remembered for his time at Rangers and West Brom.

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Gary Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Gary Gillespie Defender Gary Thompson Gillespie is a Scottish former professional football defender who played for Liverpool through much of their dominant period of the 1980s.

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John Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
John Clark Defender John Clark is a Scottish former footballer who played for Dundee United, Stoke City, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County, Ayr United and Berwick Rangers. He scored for the club in the ...more

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Allan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Allan McGregor Goalkeeper Allan James McGregor is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League side Hull City. McGregor previously played for Scottish clubs Rangers, St. Johnstone, ...more

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Peter Lorimer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
RobertDarlington added Peter Lorimer Forward Peter Patrick Lorimer is a former footballer who played for Leeds United and Scotland during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an attacking midfielder, generally regarded as having one of ...more

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Kenny Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Kenny Miller Forward Kenneth "Kenny" Miller is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker, who currently plays for Scottish Championship club Rangers. Miller is one of only five post-war players to have ...more

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Alex Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alex Ferguson Forward Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, is a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson ...more

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Pat Stanton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
bigcraig added Pat Stanton Defender, Midfielder Patrick Gordon Stanton is a Scottish former football player and manager. Stanton played for Hibernian for most of his career, making nearly 400 league appearances. Late in his career, he had a ...more

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Lou Macari is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Lou Macari Midfielder Luigi "Lou" Macari is a Scottish former footballer and football manager. He played for Celtic, Manchester United and Swindon Town and was the manager of Swindon, West Ham United, ...more

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Jim Tolmie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Jim Tolmie Jim Tolmie is a retired Scottish footballer who played for clubs including Morton, Lokeren and Manchester City. He started his career at Morton and made his senior debut on 28 October 1978. Then ...more