Scotland National Team

Scotland had produced many great legends until 1990s. The famous Scottish legends was available since the first half 1920s with the top stars of Glasgow Rangers likes Alan Morton and David Meiklejohn. The second half 1920s saw a phenomenon scorer James Mcgrory as one of the best strikers in Europe. Alex James was one of the best creative midfielders in Europe when his practical creativity was highly influential to Arsenal’s unprecedented success in the first half 1930s. Dennis Law had become the only Scottish player to have won Ballon’Dor made in the first half 1960s. The dominance of Celtic in Scottish football during the second half 1960s was led by Jimmy Johnstone, the best right-winger in Europe at that period. The Scottish Tri-O was an icon of Liverpool’s achievement in Europe during the first half 1980s consists of Kenny Dalglish, Grame Souness and Alan Hansen. Since then, there were no world-class Scottish players has been produced.


Scotland




Location     :  Western-Northern Europe
European Championship Participation : 2 Times (1992, 1996)
World Cup Participation :  8 Times (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 )
Achievement  : None
Most Caps  : Kenny Dalglish  (102 Games)        
Top Scorer : Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish (30 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Denis Law



All-Time Scottish Squad


1. Ronnie Simpson

Date Of Birth  : 11 October 1930
Height : 180 cm, Position : Goalkeeper
Caps  : 5 Games  
Major Club : Newcastle Utd, Glasgow Celtic     
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours  :  4 Times Scottish Premier Division
3 Times Scottish Cup, 1 Time FA Cup
1967 European Cup
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : 1967 SFWA Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Silver


2. Danny Mcgrain

Date Of Birth  : 1 May 1950
Height : 179 cm, Position :  Right-Back
Major Club  : Glasgow Celtics
Caps  : 62 Games    
World Cup Participation  : 1974, 1982 (5 Games)
Club Honours : 9 Times Scottish Premier Division
5 Times Scottish Cup 1 Times Scottish League Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 1977 SFWA Footballer of The Year
Class  : Queen Bronze



3. John Greig

Date Of Birth  : 11 September 1942
Position : Left-Back/ Destroyer
Height : 175 cm, Caps :  44 Games
Major Club  : Glasgow Rangers       
World Cup Participation : 1974, 1982 (5 Games)
Club Honours : 5 Times Scottish Premier Division
6 Times Scottish Cup, 4 Times Scottish League Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 2 Times SFWA Footballer of The Year (1966,1976)
Order of The British Empire
Class  : Prince Gold

4. Alan Hansen

Date Of Birth : 13 June 1955
Height  :  188 cm, Position :  Sweeper
Caps  : 26 Games, Major Club  : Liverpool
World Cup Participation : 1982 (3 Games)
Club Honours  : 8 Times England Top Division
1 Time Scottish League
2 Times FA Cup, 3 Times League Cup
3 Times European Cup (1978, 1981, 1984)
1985 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 6 Times PFA Team of the Year
Class  :  Queen Gold


5. Dave Mackay

Date Of Birth : 14 November 1934
Position : Destroyer/ Center-Back
Height : 172 cm, Caps  : 22 Games
Major Club  : Tottenham Hot Spurs
World Cup Participation  : 1958 (1 Game)
Club Honours : 1 Time Scottish Champion
1 Time English Top Division
1 Time Scottish Cup, 2 Times Scottish League Cup
3 Times FA Cup, 1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours :  None                        
Individual Achievement : 1969 FWA Footballer Of The Year
Class  :  Queen Gold

6. Graeme Souness

Date Of Birth  : 6 May 1953
Position  : Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  : 180 cm, Caps  : 54 Game
Major Club  :  Liverpool
World Cup Participation : 1978, 1982, 1986 (6 Games)
Club Honours  : 5 Times English Top Division
3 Times Scottish League, 1 Time Copa Italia
4 Times English League Cup
4 Times Scottish League Cup
3 Times European Cup (1978, 1981, 1984)
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  4 Times PFA Team of the Year
1981 European Cup Top Scorer    
Class  :  Queen Bronze

7. Jimmy Johnstone

Date Of Birth  :   30 September 1944
Height : 163 cm, Position :  Right-Winger
Major Club  :  Glasgow Celtic, Caps  : 23 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1974 (No Game)
Club Honours : 9 Times Scottish Premier League
4 Times Scottish Cup, 5 Times Scottish League Cup
1967 European Cup
International Honours : 1962 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : Glasgow Celtic Greatest Player Ever
1967 Bronze Ball European Footballer of The Year
Class  :  Queen Silver

8. Alan Morton

Date Of Birth : 24 April 1893
Height  :  160 cm, Position : Left-Winger
Major Club :  Glasgow Rangers
Caps  : 31 Games
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 5 Times Scottish Top Division
1 Time Scottish Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 
Glasgow Rangers Greatest Player Ever
Class  :  Queen Bronze

9. Denis Law

Date Of Birth  :  24 February 1940
Height  :  175 cm, Position  :  Target Striker
Caps  :  55 Games (30 Goals), Major Club  :  Man United
World Cup Participation  : 1974 (1 Game and no goal)
Professional Score Record  : 297 Goals/ 507 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times English Top Division
1 Time FA Cup, 1968 European Cup Winner
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1964 European Footballer of The Year
1969 European Cup Top Scorer
Scotland All-Time Top Scorer, UEFA Jubilee Award (Scotland)
IFFHS Scotland Greatest Player of The Century
Class  :  Queen Silver


10. Billy Bremner 

Date Of Birth  :  9 December 1942
Position  :  Box-To-Box Midfielder
Height  : 164 cm, Caps  :  54 Games
Major Club  :  Leeds United
World Cup Participation  : 1974 (3 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times English Top Division
1 Time FA Cup, 1 Time League Cup
2 Times Inter Cities Fairs Cup (1968, 1971)
1975 European Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : None                       
Individual Achievement  : 1970 FWA Footballer Of The Year
Leeds United’s Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Queen Silver

11. Kenny Dalglish 

Date Of Birth :  4 March 1951 
Height  : 173 cm, Position  : Deep-Lying-Forward
Caps  : 102 Games (30 Goals) , Major Club  : Liverpool
World Cup Participation : 1974, 1978, 1982 (8 Games/2 Goals)
Professional Score Record : 336 Goals/ 823 Games
Club Honours  : 4 Times Scottish League, 6 Times English League
4 Times Scottish Cup, 1 Time Scottish League Cup
1 Time FA Cup,  4 Times English League Cup
3 Times European Cup (1978, 1981, 1984), 1985 Runner-Up
International Honours  :   None
Individual Achievement :  5 Times PFA Team of the Year
1975 Scottish League Top Scorer
2 Times FWA Footballer of The Year (1979, 1983)
1983 PFA Player’s Player of The Year, 1983 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor
Scotland All-Time Top Scorer
Class  :  Queen Silver
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12. Jim Leighton

Date Of Birth  :  24 July 1958    
Height : 184 cm, Position : Goalkeeper
Caps : 91 Games, Major Club : Aberdeen
World Cup Participation  : 1982, 1986, 1990 , 1998 (9 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times Scottish Top Division
4 Times Scottish Cup, 2 Times Scottish League Cup
1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours   :  None
Individual Achievement  : None
Class  :  Prince Bronze



13. Sandy Jardine

Date Of Birth  :  31 december 1948
Height  : 175 cm, Position  : Right-Back
Major Club  : Glasgow Rangers
Caps  : 38 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1974, 1978 (4 Games)
Club Honours : 3 Times Scottish Top Division
6 Times Scottish Cup, 5 Times Scottish League Cup
1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 
2 Times SFWA Footballer of The Year (1975, 1986)
Class  :  Prince Silver

14. Martin Buchan

Date Of Birth  :  9 March 1949
Position : Center-Back, Left-Back
Height  : 178 cm
Major Club :  Manchester United
Caps  : 34 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1974, 1978
Club Honours  :  1 Time FA Cup
1 Times Scottish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  1 Time SFWA Footballer of The Year
1 Time PFA Team of the Year
Class  :  Prince Silver


15. Billy Mcneil

Date Of Birth : 2 March 1940
Height  : 187 cm, Position  : Center-Back
Major Club  : Glasgow Celtic
Caps  :  29 Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours  :  9 Times Scottish League
7 Times Scottish Cup, 1967 European Cup
International Honours  :  
Individual Achievement : 1 Time SFWA Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Silver



16. David Meiklejohn

Date Of Birth  : 12 December 1900
Height  : Unknown, Position : Destroyer
Caps  : 15 Games
Major Club  :  Glasgow Rangers
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  : 12 Times Scottish Top Division
5 Times Scottish Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement  : 
The Times Glasgow Rangers’ Greatest Player Ever
Class  :  Prince Silver


17. Jim Baxter

Date Of Birth : 29 September 1939
Position  : Central Holding Midfielder
Height  : 188 cm, Caps  : 34 Games
Major Club  : Glasgow Rangers
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 3 Times Scottish League
 3 Times Scottish Cup
 4 Times Scottish League Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :  Queen Bronze


18. Gordon Strachan

Date Of Birth  :  9 February 1957
Position  :  Right-Side Midfielder/Box-to-Box Midfielder
Height  :  168 cm, Caps  : 50 Games
Major Club  :  Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United
World Cup Participation : 1982, 1986 (6 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
2 Times Scottish Top Division
1 Time FA Cup, 3 Times Scottish Cup
1983 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  1980 SFWA Footballer of The Year
1991 FWA Footballer of The Year
Class  :  Prince Gold

19. Bobby Lennox

Date Of Birth  :  30 August 1943
Height : 170 cm, Position  : Left-Winger
Caps  : 10 Games
Major Club  : Glasgow Celtic
World Cup Participation :  None
Professional Scores Record :  273 Goals
Club Honours  : 11 Times Scottish League
8 Times Scottish Cup, 1967 European Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :    1 Time Scottish League Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Silver


20. Alex James

Date Of Birth : 14 September 1901
Height : 184 cm, Position : Playmaker
Major Club  : Arsenal
Caps  : 8 Games (4 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 4 Times English Top Division
1 Time Scottish Cup, 1 Time FA Cup
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Gold



21. Bobby Walker

Date Of Birth  :  10 January 1879
Height  : 173 cm, Position : Deep-Lying Forward
Major Club  : Hearts of Midlothian
Caps : 29 Games (8 Goals)
Olympic Games Participation :  None
Professional Score Record : 311 Goals/461  Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Scottish Top Division    
2 Times Scottidh Cup                  
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver


22. Jimmy Mcgrory

Date Of Birth  :  26 April 1904
Height : 165 cm, Position : Target Striker
Caps : 7 Games (6 Goals), Major Club : Glasgow Celtic
World Cup Participation  : None
Professional Score Record  :  550 Goals/ 543 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Scottish League
2 Times Scottish Cup, 2 Times Scottish League Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 3 Times Scottish League Top Scorer
1 Time European League Top Scoer, World League Top Scorer
Glasgow Celtic - Scottish League - Cup All-Time Top Scorer
Scottish League All-Time Highest Goal In One Match
Class  :  Queen Bronze



Manager

Sir Alex Ferguson 

Year Of Birth : 31 December 1941
Major Team :  Aberdeen, Manchester United
Major Achievement :   3 Times Scottish Top Division
11 Times English Premier League
4 Times Scottish Cup, 5 Times FA Cup
1 Time Scottish League Cup, 3 Times English league Cup
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1983, 1991)
2 Times UEFA Champion League Winners (1999, 2008)
1999 Intercontinental Cup, 2008 FIFA Club World Cup
2009 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1996 Football Writers' Association Tribute Award:
1999 UEFA Champions League Manager of the Year
1999 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award
1999 IFFHS Club Coach of the Year
1990s LMA Manager of the Decade
2000 Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year
2001 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 English Football Hall of Fame, 2 Times LMA Manager of the Year
2 Times Onze d'Or Coach of the Year (1999, 2007), 2007 Professional Footballers' Association Merit Award
9 Times Premier League Manager of the Year, Premier League Manager of the Decade
4 Times World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year (1993, 1999, 2007, 2008)
Style : Attacking, Class  :  King Gold


Conclusion of Squad

GK : Ronnie Simpson, Jim Leighton
DF : Danny Mcgrain, John Greig, Sandry Jardine, Martin Buchan, David Meiklejohn, Alan Hansen, Billy Mcneil, Dave Mackay
MF :  Graeme Souness, Billy Bremner , Jim Baxter, Gordon Strachan, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox, Alan Morton, Alex James
FW : Kenny Dalglish (Captain), Bobby Walker, Hughie Gallagher, Jimmy Mcgrory, Denis Law
Manager :  Sir Alex Ferguson 



Formation XI  (4-2-3-1)



Explanation of Formation
The team strategy is defensive zone-press. Ronnie Simpson won just five caps but his ability is unquestionable to make first choice. Alan Hansen is assigned as a director of the back-line. In front of him has Dave Mackay who is applied to Center-Back position. John Greig is selected in left-full-back position with great ability to open the game from the back-line. Mcgrain would be very tough at the right-back.  In the partnership of central midfielders, Souness is a defensive holding midfielder and Bremner is a box-to-box midfielder. Morton and Johnstone will play as a traditional winger get a main duty to cross the ball to penalty area. Dalglish is a support striker to a target man Denis Law.



Hampden Park Stadium




Opened  : 1903 (Renovated in 1999)
City   : Glasgow
Capacity : 50,063 Seats







Statistics

By Decade
By Class
By Club
1910s : 1
1920s : 4
1930s : -
1940s : -
1950s : 2
1960s : 7
1970s : 5
1980s : 3
1990s : -
2000s : -
Queen : 11
Prince : 11

Glasgow Celtic : 7
Glasgow Rangers : 6
Liverpool : 2
Aberdeen  : 2
Leeds United : 1
Arsenal : 1
Man Utd : 1
Tottenham : 1
Newcastle : 1

Hearts : 1



Major Reserved Group


Alex Raisbeck

Date Of Birth  : 26 December 1878
Position : Destroyer
Height : 180 cm
Major Club  : Liverpool
Caps  : 8 Games
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  2 Times English Top Division
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :   None
Class : Prince Silver



Gary McAllister

Date Of Birth : 25 December 1964
Position : Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  : 185 cm, Caps : 57 Game
Major Club  :  Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City
World Cup Participation  : 1990 (No Game)
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
1 Time Scottish Top Division, 1 Time UEFA Cup
1 Time FA Cup, 1 Time English League Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 2 Times PFA Team of the Year
Class  :  Prince Silver



Billy Liddell

Date Of Birth  : 10 January 1922
Position : Left-Winger/Forward
Height : 184 cm, Caps :  28 Games
Major Club  :  Liverpool
Professional Score Record  : 228 Goals/ 534 Games
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :  Prince Silver





Hughie Gallacher

Date Of Birth  :  2 February 1903
Height  : 165 cm, Position  : Fast Striker
Major Club  : Newcastle United, Chelsea
Caps : 20 Games (23 Goals)
World Cup Participation :  None
Professional Score Record : 388 Goals/520  Games
Club Honours : 1 Time English Top Division                     
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  :  Prince Silver




The Greatest Scottish Footballers of All-Time

1. Denis Law
2. Kenny Dalglish
3. Jimmy Johnstone
4. Billy Bremner
5. Graeme Souness
6. Alan Hansen
7. Dave Mackay
8. Jim Baxter
9. Jimmy Mcgrory
10. Bobby Walker

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous11/7/14

    You have choose Martin Buchan in the Squad. (in fact, he was born at the 6th of March, 1949)
    But he was inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame only in 2013 year, so, Scotch fans & specialists don't consider him as Great-great legend of their football.

    At the same time, Scotlands' history has got such center backs as Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Gordon McQueen. They were inducted to the Hall of Fame earlier.

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  2. Just similar to the case of Alan Hansen who was not successful in national team career, I also give the point for club career performance. Anyway, Martin Buchan is selected in the squad primarily due to his versatility to switch his position to the side-back although his performance for only Scotland national teams is rated below the likes of Willie Miller.

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  3. Anonymous7/2/15

    It is a must that you include Bobby Walker and also in the All-time British Isles rankings.
    Charlie Thomson dubbed him "The Best Player in Europe" and his style of football, involving brilliant footwork and sublime passing was known as "Walkerism".
    Also The Football Encyclopaedia from 1934, edited by Frank Johnston, referred to him simply as "Bobby Walker, the greatest natural footballer who ever played."

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    1. That is very interesting for me. I'll spend a more time to review it and will back to answer on tomorrow.

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    2. OK, As I read this article http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/spfl/football-hall-of-fame-bobby-walker-inducted-1-3183212, Bobby Walker was truly great players in the first era of professional football, was described as Ronaldo in his time. I have named him in the substitution as I see it is difficult to rate him in replacing Kenny Dalglish.

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  4. Anonymous24/2/15

    Davie Cooper should be on list. Ruud Gullit once said that Davie is one of the greatest player he had ever seen. He had later named Davie in his greatest 11 for FourFourTwo magazine, alongside Maradona, Cruyff or Van Basten.

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    1. I have never doubt on his peak as he was an absolute great dribbler but he became a regular starter of Scotland just prior to 1986 World Cup at his 30 years old and he finally won only 22 caps. If taking his Scottish candidates into account, they are not a very long span world-class performer. He played with Rangers in the era of decline, did not win any Scottish League 8 seasons in row and the club also did not successful in European competition. He totally has no outstanding profile in any part of competition level but still, he is surely a legend of Rangers’ club.
      This is just an example of sight. Comme (English Bigsoccer Moderator) also rate him very low in 93th best left-wingers ever http://forums.bigsoccer.com/threads/the-100-greatest-left-wingers-of-all-time.1524392/page-5

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    2. Anonymous26/12/15

      Where is famous captain of "Aston Villa" Archie Hunter? He was one of the first in football who introduced what was known as the "passing game". It was a great contribution to the development of football.

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    3. I'm not rate players in Victorian era that high. He also played too few games (73 matches for Aston Villa within 12 seasons (although it was also available in few games)

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  5. Anonymous19/2/16

    Ally McCoist should be a decent choice as a Honorable mention, I Think

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    1. I'm sure he is not qualified when look for his goal stats against standard of Scottish league.

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  6. Anonymous22/2/16

    Willie Woodburn could be an option. Classed 9th best scottish players here : http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/13097244.The_50_Greatest_Scottish_Footballers__Top_5/

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  7. Anonymous2/12/16

    george young in place of Hansen

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