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  1. The top 50 players to play for Scotland

    You have spoken in your thousands. It's now time for the big reveal.

    Across June, BBC Sport has brought you a month of National Treasures, a series of pieces celebrating the Scotland national team. The culmination? Your top 50 players ever to pull on the dark blue laid out right here.

    How have we done it? For the past week, Over 26,000 teams have been submitted, by you, in our Scotland's all-time XI selector, including all men and women who have represented Scotland at a World Cup, plus a glut of other Tartan Army favourites. It has been a wee while since we've been at a finals, after all...

    Here, we tick down the 50 most selected players from the list, and bring you analysis and insight on who you picked, and a few pointers as to who you didn't.

    Right, off we go...

  2. Get Involved


    Before I forget, why not tell us who your favourite player is? Someone not on the list that you reckon should be here? Don't be shy. Get in touch on Twitter using the hashtag #top50scots and let the world know who your tartan hero is.

    You can also give a vote of confidence or.. err... no confidence using the thumbs up or thumbs down under each player.

    Contributors: Scott Mullen, Jordan Elgott, Martin Watt, Nick McPheat, Tom English

  3. 50 - FRANK GRAY

    32 caps

    Starting us off we have Frank Gray.

    Though he spent the entirety of his career south of the border with the likes of Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland, Gray amassed 32 Scotland caps.

    The left-back was left out of the 1978 World Cup squad but put Ally MacLeod's decision behind him, as he played all three games for Jock Stein's side at the 1982 tournament.

    Frank Gray

    27 caps

    Archibald's tale is Roy of the Rovers stuff. Within seven years of leaving Clyde he was signing for Barcelona, and the talented striker didn't waste much time in the international arena, either.

    The Glaswegian scored just 20 minutes into his Scotland debut when he came on as a substitute for Kenny Dalglish against Portugal, but only three more goals would follow in a further 26 caps. He is, though, one of the few on our list to net at a World Cup for Scotland, his goal coming against New Zealand in 1982.

    Another player with a sparkling CV of world renowned clubs - including Clyde... - he is among those who maybe should have received more caps.

    Steve Archibald
  5. 48 - MO JOHNSTON

    38 caps

    Mo Johnston may be most recognisable as the second player to cross the Old Firm divide since World War II, but he also went on to earn 38 caps in the dark blue of Scotland.

    The striker had a decent scoring record for his country as well, netting 14 times. He was dropped for the 1986 World Cup by Alex Ferguson, but did end up playing in all three matches four years later in Italy, scoring against Sweden.

    After briefly retiring following the tournament, Johnston would play for Scotland again before hanging up his international boots in 1992.

    Maurice Johnston
  6. 47 - ALLAN McGREGOR

    42 caps

    Despite making his international debut in 2007, Allan McGregor would have to wait until 2009 for his first competitive start for the national team as he battled Craig Gordon to be first-choice goalkeeper.

    His involvement was then in serious jeopardy, as McGregor and team-mate Barry Ferguson breached squad disciplinary rules and were told they would not be considered for future Scotland squads.

    Allan McGregor

    But McGregor managed to regain the trust of management and reclaimed his number one spot in time for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, with manager Craig Levein describing him as "an absolute diamond".

    He went on to accumulate 42 caps for his country before announcing his international retirement last year.


    20 caps

    The prolific forward's much-anticipated Scotland debut didn't disappoint. Nicholas scored to salvage a draw in a Euro qualifier against Switzerland amid his 50-goal final season for Celtic before moving to Arsenal.

    'Champagne Charlie' had set the bar high for an international career which didn't quite deliver on its promise, fizzling out after 20 caps and five goals.

    Nicholas made his Scotland debut under Jock Stein in 1983 and played for Alex Ferguson at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

    But he featured in just three more games after that tournament, claiming his "face didn’t fit" under Andy Roxburgh and Craig Brown.

    Charlie Nicholas
  8. 45 - KENNY BURNS

    20 caps

    Now, I'll be honest. Burns' name isn't one that may resonate with the younger generation in Scotland - I'm just about clinging on to that tag - but you saw him fit enough to make it into the top 50 ever Scotland players. For his domestic credentials, it makes sense.

    Kenny Burns

    A tough defender who was a league winner with Nottingham Forest in 1978 - he was also player of the year that season - Burns can also claim to be a two-time European Cup winner. Why not chuck in a European Super Cup title while we're at it.

    Despite not playing a game in the Scottish leagues throughout his glittering career, for Scotland though, he amassed 20 caps and two World Cup appearances. Perhaps not a huge tally for someone with his CV. A single goal in his second ever game, a 3-0 win over East Germany in 1974, doesn't do his creative side justice, either.

  9. Fleeting's fancies

    Julie Fleeting, Scotland's record goalscorer by some distance, has had a go at our squad selector. What do you reckon of her selection?

    Julie Fleeting team
  10. 44 - PETER LORIMER

    21 caps

    Dundee born, a Leeds United legend, and given a lifetime ban by Scotland after just one cap.

    The story of Lorimer - who scored four times in 21 appearances in dark blue - is certainly intriguing. The attacking midfielder with the rocket shot had only recently made the international breakthrough when he chose to go on a coaching trip to South Africa rather than join the Scotland squad.

    peter lorimer

    That earned him a suspension from the Scottish FA that was finally lifted in time for Lorimer to play at the 1974 World Cup.

    He marked the occasion by scoring in the opening 2-0 win over Zaire, only for Willie Ormond's team to bow out in classic Scottish fashion as the only unbeaten side following draws with Brazil and Yugoslavia.

  11. 43 - ERIC CALDOW

    40 caps

    When Eric Caldow suffered the triple leg-break that ended his career in 1963, he was rated as one of, if not the best left-backs in the world. He had captained Scotland 15 times, too.

    Known for his pace and versatility - 29 of his Scotland appearances were at left-back, 11 at right-back. He played all three games with Scotland in the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden and scored in a 2-0 win over England at Hampden in 1962.

    Real Madrid great Francisco Gento said he was a very ­difficult player to play against and the first full-back who could match him for pace. Not bad praise for the Rangers legend, who was only making his second international appearance at the time.

    Eric Caldow
  12. 42 - JACKIE McNAMARA

    33 caps

    McNamara, a baby-faced and understated full-back, was part of the last Scotland side to grace the big time.

    Having made his bow in the qualifiers, the Celtic defender featured in two of the national team's three games at the 1998 World Cup in France.

    Euros play-off heartache against Netherlands followed in 2003 but McNamara was a reliably consistent performer for Scotland and his 33 caps included 1-1 Hampden draws with the might of Italy and Germany.

    Jackie McNamara
  13. Get Involved

    Your picks

    We have received thousands of team combinations over the past week from you all. Using the hashtag #top50scots we have been able to cast an eye over some of your selections. Here are a couple who seemed to let their club allegiances rule their heads...

    fan tweet
    Fan Squad selector

    And another, this time from Bazzared...

    Bazzared team

    No guessing what team in Aberdeen that plays at Pittodrie Bazza supports...

  14. 41 - DAVID WEIR

    69 caps

    A Scotland stalwart spanning dozens of campaigns and the centuries. Well, you know what I mean...

    First capped by Scotland as a relatively fresh-faced 27-year-old, the centre-half became his country's oldest ever player in 2010, with his last ever cap coming that year against then-world champions Spain in a 3-2 Hampden defeat.

    Not famed for his goals, only one came in the dark blue for Weir and it was in the form of a winner in a 2-1 victory over Latvia. Dougie Freedman got the opener.

    I'll just leave that there...

    David Weir

    80 caps

    Perhaps would have been further up the list had Scotland not produced some superb central midfielders over the years...

    Darren Fletcher became a key Scotland player almost from the moment he made his debut in 2003. In his second appearance for his country, he scored the only goal of the game against Lithuania, taking Scotland to the play-offs for Euro 2004 in the process.

    In 2004, he captained Scotland to a 1-0 friendly win over Estonia at the age of 20, becoming the youngest captain since John Lambie of Queen's Park in 1886. He went on to be vice-captain to Barry Ferguson, before becoming full-time captain in 2009.

    Darren Fletcher

    Scotland's third most-capped player of all time, and perhaps if he had not had the trauma of suffering from ulcerative colitis, meaning he had to take an extended break from football of over two years, his haul of 80 may have been higher.

  16. 39 - ALAN ROUGH

    53 caps

    When Alan Rough was selected to go to play for his country at the World Cup in 1978, he couldn't believe it. The Partick Thistle keeper was used to playing in front of 3,000 people every week.

    His place was justified, however. In his first 16 games for Scotland, 14 of them were victories. Though the tournament didn't go as hoped, Rough was again selected for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

    At the time of his retirement, he was Scotland's most capped goalkeeper, though that record was broken by Jim Leighton.

    Alan Rough
  17. Post update

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    WILLIE HENDERSON1962-1971, 29 caps

    Willie won his first Scotland cap as an 18-year-old in a 3-2 victory against Wales in 1962. Only eight players won a cap at a younger age than Willie Henderson.

    The following year he became a regular in the Scotland side, and won more caps in total than fellow right-winger, Jimmy Johnstone.

    Willie Henderson
  18. 38 - SCOTT BROWN

    55 caps

    The "chirpy lad" - Walter Smith's description after handing Brown his international debut in 2005 - had developed into a tenacious regular in Scotland's midfield by the time he joined Celtic from Hibernian two years later.

    Brown was part of the Scotland side who stunned France 1-0 in Paris and he captained the team for Gordon Strachan's first match in charge in 2013.

    Having retired from international duty after winning his 50th cap in August 2016, Brown returned to play a further five times. The current Celtic skipper also netted four goals in a Scotland career spanning a dozen years in which major finals qualification eluded him.

    Scott Brown
  19. 37 - TOM BOYD

    72 caps

    For someone who managed to amass the sixth highest number of caps for Scotland, Tom Boyd continues to go under the radar when looking back at the history of the Scotland national team.

    Though he did not have the ego or eccentricity of some of his team-mates in his playing days, Boyd was a versatile, consistent and competitive defender.

    Tom Boyd

    Boyd played his first match for Scotland as a substitute in a European Championships qualifier for Scotland in 1990. He went on to play in the European Championships in Sweden in 1992 and in England in 1996, and at the 1998 World Cup in France.

    He would only score twice in a Scotland jersey. Once at Rugby Park for the Scots against Estonia, and the other at the Stade de France for Brazil.

  20. 36 - JAMES McFADDEN

    48 caps

    Scotland haven't had many great moments on the international stage since qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. A fair few of them, however, have been provided by this man.

    James McFadden almost single-handedly kept the Tartan Army going through some gloomy days in the 2000s.

    His winning-goal against France in 2007, a beautiful touch followed by a 35-yard screamer to silence the Parc des Princes, will be long-cherished. His strikes against Lithuania and Macedonia weren't too bad either... or the Netherlands. We could be here for a while...

    James McFadden