Famous Scottish Sportspersons

Scotland has produced a large number of sports stars who have time and again done the country proud with their victories and accomplishments. Interestingly, sport in Scotland is very popular and varied. Right from athletics to soccer, golf to snooker, cycling to boxing and racing to rugby, Scottish people indulge in all forms of sports. While the list of sportsperson from Scotland is quite huge and extensive, there are a notable few who have created a niche for themselves with their playing style, technique and achievements. And it is to these great Scottish sporting legends that we have this section for. When Andrew Watson played international football, he created history by becoming the first black player to ever do so. He was the first black professional footballer and the first to play in football league. World’s no. 2 tennis champion Andy Murray’s victories and career titles made him join the ranks of the greatest Scottish sporting giants. Sir Alex created history by becoming the most successful British football manager with his 48 trophies. Apart from men, Scootish women too have left an indelible mark on Scot sports. Catriona Matthews is amongst the world’s best known female golfers. Liz McColgan’s achievement on track as a middle and long distance road runner athlete is highly commendable. Know more about the achievements and victories of famous Scottish sportsperson with the biographies given below.

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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
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

 2 Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Known as Nikki Cross and Nikki A.S.H., Scottish wrestler Nicola Glencross had been a 3-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion. She is best known for her victory at the 2021 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. She has a master’s degree in history and is also a certified fitness trainer.

 3 Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson
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Famous As: association football player
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.

 4 David Moyes

David Moyes
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Famous As: Football Coach
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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 5 Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 21, 1945

Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.

 6 Denis Law

Denis Law
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Famous As: Football - Centre forward for Scotland
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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 7 Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly
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Famous As: Scottish Footballer and Manager
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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 8 Matt Busby

Matt Busby
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 9 Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fintry, Dundee 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.

 10 Oliver Burke

Oliver Burke
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 11 Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan
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Famous As: Scottish football manager
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.

 12 Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 13 Joanne Calderwood

Joanne Calderwood
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish MMA fighter and Muay Thai champion Joanne Calderwood now competes for the UFC Women's Flyweight division. She was placed sixth on the UFC women's flyweight rankings in January 2021 and second on the World Professional Muaythai Federation rankings. She has also fought in India's Super Fight League.

 14 Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 15 Martin Compston

Martin Compston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

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.

 16 Ryan Gauld

Ryan Gauld
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 17 Scott Arfield

Scott Arfield
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 18 Alan Hansen

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

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.

 19 John Higgins

John Higgins
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Famous As: snooker player
Birthdate: May 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wishaw

 20 George Graham

George Graham
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
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.

 21 Duncan Ferguson

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

 22 Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow

 23 Jock Stein

Jock Stein
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Famous As: Football Manager
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.

 24 Kay Lee Ray

Kay Lee Ray
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland
WWE wrestler Kayleigh Rae, better known by her pseudonym, Kay Lee Ray, is as much known for her wrestling skills as for her scarlet hair. While she calls herself The Forever Champion, she has been an ICW Women’s champion three times, apart from being the longest-reigning NXT UK Women's champion.

 25 Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prestonpans, Scotland, United Kingdom

 26 Judy Murray

Judy Murray
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Famous As: tennis coach, tennis player
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bridge of Allan

Apart from being the mother of tennis players Andy and Jamie Murray, Judy Murray is also a celebrated tennis coach and had initially coached both her sons. A talented tennis player in her youth, she now owns a charity, too. She was also seen in the dance reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

 27 Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 28 John Fleck

John Fleck
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Famous As: association football player
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.

 29 Young Tom Morris

Young Tom Morris
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Andrews, Scotland
Died: December 25, 1875

 30 Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger
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Famous As: Rower
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 31 Tony Watt

Tony Watt
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 32 Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 33 Piper Niven

Piper Niven
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Scotland

WWE wrestler Kimberly Benson, better known by her multiple ring names, such as Piper Niven, Doudrop, and Viper, initially hid her passion for wrestling, afraid that her friends would judge her for liking a “manly” sport. She later won many titles and has been the ICW Women's Champion twice.

 34 Angus MacAskill

Angus MacAskill
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Isle of Berneray, Sound of Harris, Scotland
Died: August 8, 1863

At 7’9”, Angus MacAskill was known as the world’s talent natural giant. The Scottish-born Canadian earned the nickname Gille Mòr, or Big Boy, in his neighborhood. Apart from touring the world for shows, he also worked at P.T. Barnum's circus and performed in front of Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle.

 35 Alex Neil

Alex Neil
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
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.

 36 Jamie Gillan

Jamie Gillan
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Famous As: American Football player
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.

 37 Brian McClair

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

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.

 38 Eilish McColgan

Eilish McColgan
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dundee

Eilish McColgan is a British middle-distance athlete. She competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase and 5000 meters. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. She won the Great South Run in Portsmouth in 2018. She has a degree in mathematics and accountancy from the University of Dundee. 

 39 Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
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.

 40 Lou Macari

Lou Macari
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 41 James McFadden

James McFadden
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 42 Stephen Maguire

Stephen Maguire
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Famous As: Snooker player
Birthdate: March 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow

Scottish snooker player Stephen Maguire has earned nicknames such as On-Fire and Maverick for his prowess in the game. Of the many tournaments he has won, one of the most notable is the UK Championship. His neck condition allows him to play without bow ties and closed collars.

 43 Kris Boyd

Kris Boyd
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 44 Scott Allan

Scott Allan
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Famous As: Association football player
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.

 45 Ricky Burns

Ricky Burns
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 46 Colin Hendry

Colin Hendry
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
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.

 47 Steve Archibald

Steve Archibald
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
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.

 48 David Weir

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

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.

 49 Steve Kean

Steve Kean
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
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.

 50 Gavin Hastings

Gavin Hastings
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland