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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland  

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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
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
Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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Billy McNeill is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Jim Baxter is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Jimmy McGrory is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Danny McGrain is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Archie Gemmill is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Ally McCoist is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
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
Gary McAllister is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Davie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Tommy Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Charlers added 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.
16
Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Alex Notman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alex Notman Forward
Alexander McKeachie Notman is a Scottish football player who currently plays for Formartine United.
19
Alex Raisbeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
Alexander Galloway "Alex" Raisbeck was a Scottish international footballer who played in the Football League for Liverpool and Stoke.
20
Alex Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Alex Scott Outside forward, Midfielder
Alexander "Alex" Silcock Scott was a Scottish footballer who played as a right winger. Born in Falkirk, Scott started his senior career at Rangers, whom he joined aged 16 in 1954 from ...more
21
Andy Beattie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Andy Beattie
Andrew "Andy" Beattie was a Scottish professional football player and manager. He was the first manager of the Scottish national team.
22
Andy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
Andy Cunningham was a Scottish footballer. His position was striker.
23
David Speedie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
David Robert Speedie, born 20 February 1960, is a Scottish former footballer who played for several clubs in England during the 1980s and 1990s, most notably Chelsea, Coventry City, Liverpool ...more
24
Dennis Wyness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Dennis Wyness Forward
Dennis Wyness is a Scottish association football player currently playing for Elgin City, who can play either as an attacking midfielder or as a striker. He has previously played for Aberdeen, ...more
25
Ally Dick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
CamCam17 added Ally Dick Midfielder
Alistair John "Ally" Dick played in the position of midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and AFC Ajax Amsterdam He represented Scotland at schools and youth level.