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The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

Updated December 11, 2020 17.7k votes 1.2k voters 37.9k 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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  • Kenny Dalglish1
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    161

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former football player and...  more
  • Denis Law2
    362
    133

    Denis Law

    Forward

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward....  more
  • Jimmy Johnstone3
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    111

    Jimmy Johnstone

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceUddingston, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    James Connelly Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006), nicknamed "Jinky", was a...  more
  • Billy Bremner4
    179
    60

    Billy Bremner

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceStirling, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    William John Bremner (9 December 1942 – 7 December 1997) was a Scottish professional...  more
  • Billy McNeill5
    204
    77

    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    William McNeill (2 March 1940 – 22 April 2019) was a Scottish football player and manager. He...  more
  • Danny McGrain6
    173
    62

    BirthplaceFinnieston, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Daniel Fergus McGrain (born 1 May 1950) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who...  more
  • Graeme Souness7
    339
    170

    Graeme Souness

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Graeme James Souness (; born 6 May 1953) is a Scottish retired professional football player,...  more

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  • Jim Baxter8
    214
    91

    Jim Baxter

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    James Curran Baxter (29 September 1939 – 14 April 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer...  more
  • Tommy Gemmell9
    130
    41

    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Thomas Gemmell (16 October 1943 – 2 March 2017) was a Scottish football player and manager....  more
  • Archie Gemmill10
    139
    49

    Archie Gemmill

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Archibald "Archie" Gemmill (born 24 March 1947 in Paisley, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish former...  more
  • Jimmy McGrory11
    193
    91

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    James Edward McGrory (26 April 1904 – 20 October 1982) was a Scottish International football...  more
  • Davie Cooper12
    192
    94

    Davie Cooper

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    David "Davie" Cooper (25 February 1956 – 23 March 1995) was a Scottish professional football...  more
  • Bobby Lennox13
    135
    54

    Bobby Lennox

    Outside forward, Forward

    BirthplaceSaltcoats, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Robert Lennox, MBE (born 30 August 1943, Saltcoats, Ayrshire) is a Scottish former...  more
  • Bobby Murdoch14
    101
    32

    Bobby Murdoch

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRutherglen, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Robert White Murdoch (17 August 1944 – 15 May 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer,...  more
  • Billy Liddell15
    William Beveridge Liddell (10 January 1922 – 3 July 2001) was a Scottish footballer, who...  more
  • Joe Jordan16
    110
    43

    Joe Jordan

    Forward

    BirthplaceCleland, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who...  more
  • Gordon Strachan17
    156
    79

    Gordon Strachan

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Gordon David Strachan ( or ; born 9 February 1957) is a Scottish football coach and former...  more
  • Ian St. John18
    132
    61

    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Ian St John (born 7 June 1938) is a former footballer who played for Scotland 21 times and for...  more
  • Alan Hansen19
    209
    122

    Alan Hansen

    Defender

    BirthplaceSauchie, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland,United Kingdom

    Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television...  more
  • Ally McCoist20
    181
    101

    BirthplaceScotland, Bellshill

    NationalityScotland

    Alistair Murdoch McCoist, (; 24 September 1962) is a Scottish former footballer who has since...  more
  • Gary McAllister21
    203
    120

    Gary McAllister

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMotherwell, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Gary McAllister, MBE (born 25 December 1964) is a Scottish professional football coach and...  more
  • Hughie Gallacher22
    82
    26

    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Hugh Kilpatrick Gallacher (2 February 1903 – 11 June 1957) was a Scottish football player in...  more
  • John Greig23
    108
    49

    John Greig

    Defender

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    John Greig, (born 11 September 1942 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional...  more
  • Peter Lorimer24
    69
    18

    BirthplaceDundee, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Peter Patrick Lorimer (born 14 December 1946) is a Scottish former footballer, best known for...  more
  • Paul McStay25
    97
    45

    Paul McStay

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHamilton, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Paul Michael Lyons McStay, , nicknamed the Maestro, (born 22 October 1964) is a Scottish...  more