Soccer The Best Soccer Players from Scotland  

Reference
14.1k votes 705 voters 21k views 1,018 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.
list ordered by
1
266 73
Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
2
151 56
Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
3
187 76
Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
4
170 68
Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
5
67 16
Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
6
103 38
Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
7
96 34
Gary McAllister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
8
82 31
Billy McNeill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
9
47 9
Tommy Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 9 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.
10
63 20
Ian St. John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
Ian St. John is an actor.
11
69 24
Danny McGrain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
12
57 17
Bobby Lennox is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
109 52
Jim Baxter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
14
69 26
Archie Gemmill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
15
102 49
Jimmy McGrory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
16
78 33
Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
17
100 50
Davie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
46 13
Gary Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
Gary Thompson Gillespie is a Scottish former professional football defender who played for Liverpool through much of their dominant period of the 1980s.
19
97 49
Ally McCoist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
20
41 11
Hughie Gallacher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
21
41 15
Paul McStay is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
36 12
Bobby Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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.
23
83 50
Gordon Strachan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
24
47 22
Andy Goram is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
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
25
33 11
Bertie Auld is listed (or ranked) 25 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