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

 3 Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson.
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: March 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow

 4 Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell.
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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin
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.

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 5 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

 6 Oliver Burke

Oliver Burke
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
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 7 Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, United Kingdom
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 8 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. 

 9 Ryan Fraser

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

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Steve Clarke

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

 13 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.

 14 Ryan Gauld

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

 15 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

 16 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.

 17 Scott Arfield

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

 18 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

 19 Colin Montgomerie

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

 20 Kay Lee Ray

Kay Lee Ray
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 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

 24 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

 25 John Fleck

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

 26 Tony Watt

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

 27 Jamie Gillan

Jamie Gillan
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

 28 Martin Compston

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

 29 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

 30 Stephen Maguire

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

 31 Brian McClair

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

 32 Lou Macari

Lou Macari
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

 33 Scott Allan

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

 34 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

 35 James McFadden

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

 36 John Higgins

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

 37 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. 

 38 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

 39 Kris Boyd

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

 40 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

 41 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

 42 Gavin Hastings

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

 43 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

 44 Alan McInally

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

 45 Steven Pressley

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

 46 Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull

 47 Ethan Hamilton

Ethan Hamilton.
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Famous As: Footballer
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.

 48 Piper Niven

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

 49 Lawrence Tynes

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

 50 Paul Gallagher

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