St. Andrew's Day: Picking XI of the Best Scottish Footballers in Premier League History

Ah, St Andrew's day. Us Scots have a lot to be proud of but sometimes football just isn't one of those things.


However, as much as we've been mocked by our cousins to the south for our footballing contributions on the biggest stage in recent years, we've bestowed our share of gems on the English game since money took over and sense went out the window in the early 90s.


Don't believe me? Have a look. Here's our best Scottish XI of the Premier League years.

1. GK - Neil Sullivan

Neil Sullivan managed 247 Premier League appearances for five clubs, including Leeds (when they were good) and Chelsea - and he actually went to a World Cup with Scotland. How many players these days can say that? None, to be honest. 


Current keeper Allan McGregor ran him close for this one, but he can't match the top-flight pedigree Sullivan brings to the table... even if he was born in Sutton and once beaten by David Beckham from the halfway line.

2. RB - Alan Hutton

Now hear me out...


As much as Hutton spent the latter half of his international career lacking the requisite quality to be an international player, he was a good right back at Spurs back in his day, and he did, after all, manage 50 international caps.


The cult hero, who has a wonderful Twitter account which commands its followers to go out on the town whenever Hutton scores a goal, sent 2,500 people out on the lash at the weekend. Hutton netted The Best Goal Ever Scored In The History Of Football for Aston Villa, running past about 16 Birmingham players at the ripe old age of 34. 

3. CB - Colin Hendry

At his peak, Colin Hendry was a Premier League winner with Blackburn, and captained Scotland to a World Cup. It won't be long before Andy Robertson follows in his footsteps on the latter, granted, but Hendry reached a standard during his playing career that very few of his countrymen could dream of. 


He scored upwards of 40 goals at club level - not bad for a centre half -  making 514 appearances for eight teams (including Manchester City, Coventry and Bolton) over 20 years.

4. CB - David Weir

While he came into the Scotland setup at the turn of the millennium, just as they stopped being, Weir would go on to become one of the most-capped Scotland players ever - with only six players to date bettering his 69 caps. 


At club level, he captained Everton under both Walter Smith and later David Moyes, making 269 appearances for the Toffees, and was named the club's player of the year in 2001/02 in his pomp.  

5. LB - Andy Robertson

If Liverpool's Andy Robertson keeps up his current rate of development, then there's every chance 'Saint Andrew, Patron Saint of Scotland' is going to take on a whole new meaning before too long. 


Jokes aside, he's the best player to wear a Scotland jersey in a long, long time. He's had the captaincy bestowed upon him. If we don't give him the respect he deserves and let him lead us to a major finals, then we might as well pack it in. 

6. CM - Gary McAllister

Described by Gerard Houlier as his most 'inspirational' signing as Liverpool boss, McAllister is probably most famous for his brief stint at the Reds between 2000 and 2002. Interestingly, he had already retired from international football by that point, making the last of his 57 caps in 1999. 


Renowned for his set piece expertise, he was an integral part of the Reds side that won a cup treble in 2000/01, and would later go on to be handed an MBE for his contributions to football. 


In 2016, he was given an induction into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, and he now works as Steven Gerrard's assistant manager at Rangers.

7. CM - Darren Fletcher

The third most-capped Scotland player of all time, Darren Fletcher was criminally under-appreciated by Scotland fans for the majority of his 80 caps, likely due to the fact he featured mainly in under-performing Scotland teams for the entirety of his career. 


In 12 years under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, however, he counts five Premier League titles among an extensive list of honours, and at his peak, was one of the best in the division at the 'unfashionable' side of the midfield game. 


In his international absence, he's becoming seen as a big miss for Scotland. What is it they say, about not knowing what you have til it's gone? 

8. RW - James McFadden

If his thunderbolt against France was literally the only thing he managed to achieve in his career, then you'd better believe he'd still be making this list. 


Fortunately enough, that wasn't the case. 15 goals - including the one against France, which, really, is worth about 30 - in 48 caps for Scotland instilled him as a modern day hero. He qualifies for this list through his 100+ appearances for Everton and Birmingham City. 

9. CAM - Brian McClair

McClair managed 30 caps for Scotland, a modest total compared to some on this list, but he was a regular in his seven-year stint as an international player.


At club level, it was a different story. With four Premier League titles to his name, McClair appeared 355 times for Manchester United, scoring 88 goals.


He was also nicknamed 'Choccy' because his last name rhymes with 'eclair,' which really is reason enough to include him on its own. 

10. LW - Steven Naismith

Another who has been under-appreciated due to the era in which his international appearances have largely come, Naismith has been a terrific servant to Scotland over the years, as he was to Everton and Norwich in the Premier League before heading back north of the border to Hearts. 


He has so far managed 49 international caps, scoring nine goals, but he's expected to get that 50th in the bag at some point when he returns from injury.

11. ST - Duncan Ferguson

Big Dunc only ever managed seven international caps amid the utter carnage that was his professional career, but controversies aside (see his Wikipedia page for more on fisherman fights, burglar beatings and the occasional Glasgow kiss) he was a really good Premier League target man back in the day. 


He managed 68 goals in 269 appearances - two spells for Everton, with two years at Newcastle sandwiched in between, and will be remembered out of fame or infamy as one of the most enigmatic Scottish football characters of all time.

Honourable mentions: Allan McGregor, Dominic Matteo, Don Hutchison, Shaun Maloney, James Morrison, Kenny Miller and, of course, Phil Bardsley.