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
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 Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish

 3 Andrew Robertson

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

 4 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.
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 5 Eric Liddell

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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
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 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
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 7 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 Joanne Calderwood

Joanne Calderwood
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Scottish

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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 Ryan Gauld

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

 16 Steve Clarke

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

 17 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

 18 Scott Arfield

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

 19 Judy Murray

Judy Murray
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Famous As: tennis coach, tennis player
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Scottish

 20 John Higgins

John Higgins
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Famous As: snooker player
Birthdate: May 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, Scottish

 21 Kay Lee Ray

Kay Lee Ray
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Scottish

 22 Kris Boyd

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

 23 Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Scottish

 24 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.

 25 Young Tom Morris

Young Tom Morris
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Scottish
Died: December 25, 1875

 26 Tony Watt

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

 27 John Fleck

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

 28 Jamie Gillan

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

 29 Liam Cooper

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

 30 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

 31 Stephen Maguire

Stephen Maguire
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Famous As: Snooker player
Birthdate: March 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Scottish

 32 Brian McClair

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

 33 Lou Macari

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

 34 Scott Allan

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

 35 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

 36 James McFadden

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

 37 Eilish McColgan

Eilish McColgan
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Scottish

 38 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

 39 Gavin Hastings

Gavin Hastings
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish

 40 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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Alan McInally

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

 44 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

 45 Piper Niven

Piper Niven
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish

 46 Ethan Hamilton

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

 47 Lawrence Tynes

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

 48 Paul Gallagher

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

 49 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

 50 Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, 5th Baronet

Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, 5th Baronet
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Birthdate: July 22, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Scottish
Died: April 20, 1931