Famous Scottish Football Players

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Alex Ferguson
(One of the Greatest Football Managers of All Time)
Alex Ferguson
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Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
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David Moyes
(Football Coach)
David Moyes
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Birthdate: April 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow
Scottish footballer and coach David Moyes had a 19-year playing stint as a center-back for football teams such as Celtic, Preston North End, and Bristol City. He currently manages the Premier League club West Ham United and has been named the League Managers Association Manager of the Year thrice. 
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Andrew Robertson
(association football player)
Andrew Robertson
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Birthdate: March 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow

Liverpool left-back and the captain of the Scottish national football team, Andrew Robertson has also been associated with clubs such as Hull City and Dundee United in the past. He led his team to a UEFA Champions League victory in 2019. He now also runs a charitable foundation for underprivileged kids.

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Denis Law
(Football - Centre forward for Scotland)
Denis Law
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Birthdate: February 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

After representing teams such as Manchester City and Torino, Scottish footballer Denis Law had a successful stint with Manchester United. Known as The King, he was the only Scottish footballer to earn a Ballon d'Or and the only man to have 2 statues at the Old Trafford.

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Duncan Ferguson
(Football Player)
Duncan Ferguson
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Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
Starting his professional football career with Dundee United, Scottish footballer/coach Duncan Ferguson later moved on to clubs such as Everton, Newcastle United, and Rangers. With the Rangers, he received a record transfer fee. His aggression on field later spilled on his off-the-field life, leading to multiple convictions for assault.
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Matt Busby
(Football player)
Matt Busby
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Birthdate: May 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland
Died: January 20, 1994

After an illustrious career that saw him play for teams such as Manchester City and Liverpool, Matt Busby did wonders as a manager, director, and president of Manchester United. The Scottish footballer also developed players later known as the Busby Babes, 8 of whom tragically died in the 1958 Munich air crash.

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Bill Shankly
(Scottish Footballer and Manager)
Bill Shankly
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Birthdate: September 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glenbuck, Scotland
Died: September 29, 1981
Bill Shankly is remembered as the man who pulled Liverpool from nowhere and catapulted it to popularity, with wins such as the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. It is believed he died a sad man, not being allowed to be on the Liverpool board after retiring as a coach.
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Charlie Adam
(Scottish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Charlie Adam
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Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fintry, Dundee, Scotland

Initially representing teams such as the Rangers and Blackpool, Charlie Adam later gained fame as a midfielder for teams such as Liverpool, Stoke City, and Dundee. He also won a League Cup with Liverpool and was a UEFA Cup runner-up with the Rangers. His father, too, was a footballer.

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Martin Compston
(Actor Best Known for Playing Detective Inspector 'Steve Arnott' in the BBC Drama 'Line of Duty')
Martin Compston
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

Martin Compston began his career as a footballer, playing as a defender for youth teams such as Aberdeen and then for senior teams such as Greenock Morton. However, an audition in high school led him to the lead role in the movie Sweet Sixteen, and he ended up becoming an actor.

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Steve Clarke
(Football player)
Steve Clarke
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Birthdate: August 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saltcoats,Scotland

Hailing from the small town of Saltcoats in Scotland, footballer Steve Clarke later grew up to play for teams such as Chelsea and St. Mirren. Post-retirement, he has coached teams such as Newcastle United and Liverpool, part from the Scottish national team. He is known for his no-nonsense, reserved nature.

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Alan Hansen
(Football Player)
Alan Hansen
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Birthdate: June 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

Alan Hansen is a former footballer who played as a defender for popular clubs, such as Liverpool. He was also one of the important members of the Scotland national football team. After retiring as a player, Hansen became a football pundit and is known for his honest views. In 2006, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

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James McCarthy
(association football player)
James McCarthy
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Birthdate: November 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow

Scottish-born footballer James McCarthy is now best known as a dependable Celtic midfielder. He also represents the Irish national team, because his grandparents were Irish. He has previously won an FA Cup with Wigan Athletic, beating Manchester City, and has also played for the English club Everton.

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Ryan Fraser
(Football Player)
Ryan Fraser
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Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

Scottish footballer and Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser began his career with Aberdeen at age 16. He has previously been part of teams such as AFC Bournemouth and Ipswich Town but has often been criticized for his lack of will to represent the Scottish national team, for withdrawing due to injuries.

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George Graham
(association football player, association football manager)
George Graham
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Birthdate: November 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

One of England’s most successful footballers, George Graham has also been one of his country’s best coaches. Nicknamed Stroller, he won a Football League Cup with Chelsea and an FA League Cup with Arsenal, as a player. He has earned an FA Cup and three League Cups as a manager, too.

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Ryan Gauld
(Association football player)
Ryan Gauld
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Birthdate: December 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen

Scottish footballer and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Ryan Gauld has also played for various Portuguese clubs before moving to the Canadian MLS club. Known as the Scottish Messi for his attacking style and short stature, he has also had a successful youth career at Dundee United.

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Ally McCoist
(Scottish Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Ally McCoist
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Birthdate: September 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland

Apart from winning the European Golden Boot twice, Scottish footballer Ally McCoist also gained fame as one of the best penalty-box strikers. He is best known for his 9 League Championship wins and 9 Scottish League Cups with the Rangers. He was also part of the 1990 World Cup finals.

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Scott Arfield
(Association football player)
Scott Arfield
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Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livingston

Scottish-born footballer Scott Arfield has not only gained fame as a Rangers midfielder but has also been a promising player of the Canadian national team. He began his senior career with the Scottish club Falkirk and then represented clubs such as Burnley and Huddersfield Town. He has also captained Canada.

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Jock Stein
(Football Manager)
Jock Stein
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Birthdate: October 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: September 10, 1985

Scottish football player and manager Jock Stein guided the Celtic football club to win their first European Cup in 1967. He also guided the team to nine successive Scottish League championships. Beginning his career as a football player, he became a manager upon his retirement and had a brilliant stint in this position. He died of heart disease in 1985.

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Paul Lambert
(Football manager, Former Footballer midfielder)
Paul Lambert
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Birthdate: August 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Liam Cooper
(Association football player)
Liam Cooper
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Birthdate: August 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull

A Leeds United center-back, footballer Liam Cooper also plays for the Scottish national team. Apart from winning an EFL Championship with Leeds United, he has also been part of the 2014 Football League Trophy final with Chesterfield. He now also owns a football academy for children aged 4 to 14.

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Tommy Docherty
(Scottish Football Player and Manager of Manchester United Between 1972 and 1977)
Tommy Docherty
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Birthdate: April 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: December 31, 2020
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Oliver Burke
(Association football player)
Oliver Burke
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Birthdate: April 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Scottish footballer Oliver Burke, who is now a well-know striker/right winger for Sheffield United, had joined his first local club at age 8. While he grew up in Leicestershire, England, he was eligible to play for England as well but chose to represent Scotland, the country of his birth, instead.

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Gordon Strachan
(Scottish football manager)
Gordon Strachan
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Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Gordon Strachan is a Scottish football coach who has managed teams like Southampton Football Club, Middlesbrough Football Club, Celtic Football Club, and Scotland. A former player, Strachan represented his team in two FIFA World Cups. He also played for popular clubs like Manchester United.

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John Fleck
(association football player)
John Fleck
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Birthdate: August 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was a 16-year-old prodigy when he began his senior career with Rangers. In late 2021, he collapsed on field during a game versus Reading, sparking rumors that the mishap was due to the COVID vaccine that he had taken, though scientists debunked the vaccine claim later.

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Jordan Rhodes
(Football Player)
Jordan Rhodes
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Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, United Kingdom

Scottish footballer and Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes had begun his career with Ipswich Town. The son of a professional footballer, he followed in his father’s footsteps and later won honors such as a EFL Championship win with Norwich City. He was also named the 2007-08 Ipswich Town Young Player of the Year.

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Tony Watt
(Association football player)
Tony Watt
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Birthdate: December 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coatbridge

Motherwell forward Tony Watt is best known for his successful stint with Celtic, with whom he played in the 2012-13 Scottish Premier League. He has also represented the Scottish national team. In late 2021, he signed a pre-contract deal with Dundee United, promising a 3-year stint with them in future.

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Alex Neil
(association football player, association football manager)
Alex Neil
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Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bellshill

Former footballer Alex Neil began his career with the Airdrieonians and ended it with Hamilton Academical, even coaching the latter in his managerial career. He then took over the coaching of Norwich in his early 30s, and in his own words, made some recruitment errors, which led to his sacking.

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Brian McClair
(Football player Forward, Midfielder)
Brian McClair
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Birthdate: December 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland

Known for his almost 11-year stint with Manchester United and his 4 Premier League and 2 FA Cup wins, former footballer Brian McClair initially balanced his career at Motherwell with his university math degree studies. In late 2021, he stunned fans with a photo of his sporting a beard and long, gray hair.

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Lou Macari
(Football player)
Lou Macari
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Birthdate: June 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Best known for his stints with Celtic and Manchester United, and his FA Cup win with the latter, Scottish former footballer Lou Macari was almost taken in by Liverpool but was wooed by a £200,000 deal from Manchester eventually. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he set up housing for the homeless.
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Jamie Gillan
(American Football player)
Jamie Gillan
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Birthdate: July 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

Scottish-born Jamie Gillan, now an American football player for the NFL team Buffalo Bills, has previously played with the Cleveland Browns. He apparently got addicted to the game after moving to the US, where his RAF member father was stationed. Nicknamed The Scottish Hammer, he is known for his fun-loving nature.

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Derek McInnes
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Derek McInnes
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Birthdate: July 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paisley

Former footballer Derek McInnes began his youth career as a teen with the Greenock Morton and then went on to play for clubs such as Rangers, Dundee United, and St. Johnstone, and even for the Scottish national team. Post-retirement, he has been managing teams such as Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

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Scott Allan
(Association football player)
Scott Allan
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Birthdate: November 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan had started his youth football career with Dundee United at age 10. Not only was he diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in his youth, but he later also revealed that in late 2020, he was also diagnosed with a heart condition called Cardiomyopathy, which almost ended his career.

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James McFadden
(Association football player)
James McFadden
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Birthdate: April 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow

Former football forward James McFadden, who played for teams such as Motherwell and Everton, had made his first-team debut at age 17. Now a coach, he has managed the Scottish national team, apart from Motherwell. The Glasgow-born sports star is known by various nicknames, such as the Cul-de-sac Kid.

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Kris Boyd
(Association football player)
Kris Boyd
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Birthdate: August 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvine

Former footballer Kris Boyd gained fame as a forward, known for his strike rate, for teams such as Kilmarnock and Rangers. He has also represented the Scottish national team. Following his brother’s unexplained suicide in his late 20s, Boyd launched a charity to help people discuss mental-health issues.

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Colin Hendry
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Colin Hendry
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Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Keith

Once one of the most feared central defenders of Scotland, footballer Colin Hendry is best known for his Premier League win with the Blackburn Rovers. He later also won titles, such as the Scottish League, with Rangers. Post-retirement, he turned coach and managed teams such as Blackpool and Clyde.

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Bob Wilson
(Goalkeeper)
Bob Wilson
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Birthdate: October 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chesterfield, England

Known for the enthusiasm and energy with which he would throw himself at his opponents for saving goals, Scottish goalkeeper Bob Wilson became a star during his 11-year stint as an Arsenal player. He later became a coach and an analyst. Following his daughter’s death due to cancer, he launched an emotional-support charity.

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Graham Gano
(American Football player)
Graham Gano
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Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland

New York Giants kicker Graham Gano is an American football legend of sorts. A former Carolina Panthers Pro-Bowler, Gano broke many franchise records with the Giants, such as the most 50-yard attempts. He was also a state-level track & field athlete in the past and had won three state titles.

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David Weir
(Football Coach & Former Football Player Played as a Defender)
David Weir
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Birthdate: May 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland

Scottish footballer David Weir was initially scouted by the Indiana-based University of Evansville and was named an NCAA All-American. He later began his senior career with the Scottish club Falkirk and then moved on to Everton and Rangers. He has also coached Sheffield United, post-retirement.

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Dave Mackay
(Former Footballer best known for a highly successful playing career with Heart of Midlothian, the Double-winning Tottenham Hotspur side of 1961)
Dave Mackay
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Birthdate: November 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: March 2, 2015
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Jack Harper
(Footballer forward position)
Jack Harper
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Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to Scottish parents in Spain, Jack Harper began his youth football career with Fuengirola, before moving on to Real Madrid. However, he still continued to play for the Scottish international-level youth teams. It’s believed his parents moved to Spain on a camper van, after a 22-day road trip from Scotland.

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Alan McInally
(Association football player)
Alan McInally
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Birthdate: February 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ayrshire
Former Scottish footballer Alan McInally followed in the footsteps of his footballer father, Jackie McInally. Alan, nicknamed Big Mac and Rambo, played for teams such as Celtic, Aston Villa, and Bayern Munich. Post-retirement, he has gained fame as a Sky Sports analyst and a motivational speaker.
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Steven Pressley
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Steven Pressley
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Birthdate: October 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elgin

Scottish footballer Steven Pressley, had a long career as a center back for teams such as Rangers, Celtic, and Dundee United. Post-retirement, he also coached teams such as Falkirk and Coventry City. He later became a prominent sports pundit and also joined Brentford as its head of individual development.

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Steve Archibald
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Steve Archibald
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Birthdate: September 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow

Initially a midfielder for Clyde, Scottish footballer Steve Archibald later did wonders as a striker for Aberdeen, leading them to win the 1979-80 Scottish Premier Division. His career saw him win titles for Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, too. He later turned coach for Airdrieonians and East Fife.

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Steve Kean
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Steve Kean
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Birthdate: September 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow

Following a decade-long playing career with teams such as Celtic and Bath City, Scottish footballer Steve Kean turned to coaching, managing teams such as Reading, Fulham, and the Spanish team Real Sociedad. In late 2021, he joined Hibernian as its academy director. He was once banned from driving for DUI charges.

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Lawrence Tynes
(Football player)
Lawrence Tynes
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Birthdate: May 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland

American football kicker Lawrence Tynes began his career with the Kansas City Chiefs and eventually played for teams such as the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The son of a US Navy Seal father and a Scottish mother, he grew up in Scotland till 10, before moving to the US.

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Paul Gallagher
(association football player)
Paul Gallagher
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Birthdate: August 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow

Glasgow-born former Scottish footballer Paul Gallagher represented teams such as the Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, and Preston North End. In mid-2021, it was announced that he would be assisting Preston head coach Frankie McAvoy. Gallagher also shows off his skills as a singer and a guitar player in his leisure time.

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Andrew Watson
(World's first black person to play association football at international level)
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Birthdate: May 24, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Demerara, Guyana
Died: March 8, 1921

Widely known as Scotland’s first Black footballer, Andrew Watson was also the first Black player to play international association football. The son of a Guyanese woman and a Scottish plantation owner, he moved to Britain with his father as a child. He was also an engineer and a wholesale business owner.

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Ethan Hamilton
(Footballer)
Ethan Hamilton
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Birthdate: October 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Scottish footballer Ethan Hamilton, who now plays for Peterborough United, began his senior career with Manchester United. Although he is in his early 20s now, Hamilton has already established himself as a skilled midfielder and has made significant contributions to the Scottish U-15, U-16, and U-19 teams.
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Graeme Sharp
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Graeme Sharp
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Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow

Graeme Sharp created history as the second-highest goalscorer for Everton and led them to win titles such as the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. A club ambassador, too, he joined the Everton board as a non-executive director in early 2022. He has also worked for the press and the radio.

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Jim Baxter
(One of Scotland's Greatest Footballers Ever)
Jim Baxter
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Birthdate: September 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hill of Beath, Fife, Scotland
Died: April 14, 2001
If you thought football is all about a ball being juggled by twenty players with two goalies trying to restrict its entrance at the ends of an approximately 130-yard pitch, you have been living under the rock for sure! The adrenaline-rush and the thumping of the heart in a football ground will tell you what football is to its fans – it’s a religion and not just a sport. Over the decades, modern football that traces its roots back in China have greatly evolved to become one of the most loved and popular sport of the world. The codification of football dates back to 19th century England. With the expanse of the British Empire, football also spread. Football in Scotland has been played since centuries. Scotland served as the host of the world’s first official association football match. What’s more, SFA or Scottish Football Association is the second oldest national football associations of the world. With such a profound history in the game, it is only natural that the country has been home to preeminent footballers who have excelled at the sport. Names like Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Jim Baxter, Steven Fletcher, Shaun Maloney, David Marshall are revered in football for their sporting abilities, passion and dedication and tactics and techniques. With this segment, find out in details about the life and career of Scottish football players.