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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland 

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Updated June 14, 2020 18.4k votes 1.1k voters 35.4k views 1,019 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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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, 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 ...more

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#254 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #99 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #14 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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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#200 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #86 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #3 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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#184 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #68 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #9 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Outside forward and Midfielder from Uddingston, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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Jim Baxter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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. ...more

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#433 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #48 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Billy McNeill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender from Bellshill, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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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Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Stirling, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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#315 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #31 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Davie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Davie Cooper Midfielder from Hamilton, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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Jimmy McGrory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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, ...more

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#568 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #63 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Danny McGrain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender from Finnieston, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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#528 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #75 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #82 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender from Sauchie, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United 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 ...more

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#208 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #22 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #79 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Gary McAllister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Motherwell, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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Archie Gemmill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Paisley, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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#313 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #84 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Ally McCoist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Bellshill, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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Bobby Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bobby Lennox Outside forward and Forward from Saltcoats, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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Gordon Strachan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

Nationality: Scotland

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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#96 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #33 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Tommy Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Charlers added Defender from Motherwell, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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Ian St. John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Motherwell, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder from Rutherglen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more
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John Greig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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#1,079 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #100 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Joe Jordan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Cleland, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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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Gary Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender from Stirling, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Gary Thompson Gillespie (born 5 July 1960) is a Scottish former professional football defender who played for Coventry City and later Liverpool, through much of their dominant period of the
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Hughie Gallacher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward from Bellshill, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more

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Paul McStay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
bigcraig added Paul McStay Midfielder from Hamilton, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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 ...more