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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

Updated December 11, 2020 17.1k votes 1.3k voters 39.6k views1.0k items

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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    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    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, United Kingdom

    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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    Jimmy Johnstone

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceUddingston, United Kingdom

    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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    Billy Bremner

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceStirling, United Kingdom

    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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    78

    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom

    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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    62

    BirthplaceFinnieston, United Kingdom

    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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    Jim Baxter

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom

    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, United Kingdom

    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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    42

    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    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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    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    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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    Archie Gemmill

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    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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    129
    52

    Bobby Lennox

    Outside forward, Forward

    BirthplaceSaltcoats, United Kingdom

    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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    180
    92

    Davie Cooper

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, United Kingdom

    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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    97
    32

    Bobby Murdoch

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRutherglen, United Kingdom

    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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    40

    Joe Jordan

    Forward

    BirthplaceCleland, United Kingdom

    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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    146
    73

    Gordon Strachan

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    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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    170
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    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom

    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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    23

    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom

    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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    Alan Hansen

    Defender

    BirthplaceSauchie, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    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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    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    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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    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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    Gary McAllister

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    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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    Paul McStay

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Paul Michael Lyons McStay, , nicknamed the Maestro, (born 22 October 1964) is a Scottish former footballer who spent his entire career with Celtic, making his senior debut in 1982 and retiring in...  more
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    John Greig

    Defender

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    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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    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    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