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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
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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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
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
3
Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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
4
Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Outside forward, Midfielder
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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Billy McNeill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
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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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
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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Jim Baxter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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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Jimmy McGrory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
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
9
Danny McGrain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
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
10
Gary McAllister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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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Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from 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
12
Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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
13
Davie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Davie Cooper Midfielder
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
14
Ian St. John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
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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Archie Gemmill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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
16
Bobby Lennox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bobby Lennox Outside forward, Forward
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
17
Tommy Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Charlers added Defender
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
18
Ally McCoist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Forward
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
19
Gary Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Defender
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
20
Bobby Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
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
21
David Steele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
David Steele Wing half
David Morton Steele (29 June 1894 – 23 May 1964) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager.
22
Ian Harty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Ian Harty Forward
Ian McGuinness Harty (born 8 April 1978 in Bellshill) is a Scottish footballer. He played for a wide number of lower Scottish Football League teams during his career. His longest spell was with ...more
23
Ian McCall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Midfielder
Ian McCall may refer to: Ian McCall (fighter) (born 1984), mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Ian McCall (footballer) (born 1964), Scottish football player and manager
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Bertie Auld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Bertie Auld Outside forward, Midfielder
Robert "Bertie" Auld (born 23 March 1938) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He is a member of Celtic's Lisbon Lions, which won the 1967 European Cup Final. As a player, ...more
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Joe McBride is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Scotland
Joe McBride Forward
Joe McBride (10 June 1938 – 11 July 2012) was a Scottish footballer who played for clubs including Celtic, Hibernian, Motherwell and Dunfermline Athletic. He was a prolific striker and has the ...more