Famous Scottish Football Players

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.

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 1 Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson
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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
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

 2 David Moyes

David Moyes
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: April 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish
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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 3 Martin Compston

Martin Compston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish

 4 Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: March 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Scottish

 5 Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
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.

 6 Matt Busby

Matt Busby
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Scottish
Died: January 20, 1994

 7 Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly
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Famous As: Scottish Footballer and Manager
Birthdate: September 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Scottish
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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 8 Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 9 Oliver Burke

Oliver Burke
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Scottish

 10 Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish

 11 Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Scottish

 12 Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan
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Famous As: Scottish football manager
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish

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.

 13 Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen
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Famous As: Former Football Player & Football Analyst
Birthdate: June 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Scottish

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.

 14 Ryan Gauld

Ryan Gauld
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 15 Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Scottish

 16 George Graham

George Graham
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: November 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 17 Scott Arfield

Scott Arfield
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Scottish

 18 Kris Boyd

Kris Boyd
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Scottish

 19 Jock Stein

Jock Stein
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish
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.

 20 Tony Watt

Tony Watt
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish

 21 John Fleck

John Fleck
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: August 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Scottish

 22 Jamie Gillan

Jamie Gillan
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Scottish

 23 Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Scottish

 24 Alex Neil

Alex Neil
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Scottish

 25 Brian McClair

Brian McClair
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 26 Lou Macari

Lou Macari
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Scottish

 27 Scott Allan

Scott Allan
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 28 Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Scottish

 29 James McFadden

James McFadden
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Scottish

 30 Colin Hendry

Colin Hendry
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 31 David Weir

David Weir
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: May 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish

 32 Steve Archibald

Steve Archibald
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 33 Steve Kean

Steve Kean
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 34 Alan McInally

Alan McInally
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish

 35 Steven Pressley

Steven Pressley
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 36 Ethan Hamilton

Ethan Hamilton
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 37 Lawrence Tynes

Lawrence Tynes
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American, Scottish

 38 Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: August 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Scottish

 39 Graeme Sharp

Graeme Sharp
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 40 Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Scottish

 41 James Grady

James Grady
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Scottish

 42 John Ogilvie

John Ogilvie
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Scottish
Died: May 2, 2020