Scotland national team's greatest ever XI includes Strachen and Souness

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England vs Scotland - a fixture that sparks excitement right into the heart of any Scotsman. A chance to stick one over on the 'Auld Enemy', a chance to feel the passion towards the oldest rivalry in Football history and a chance for Scotland to take home the almighty bragging rights.

It's no secret this fixture excites many a Scotsman, and no doubt they will be relishing being in the same qualifying group as England just as much the English, if not more so. 

To celebrate this momentous draw, I'm asking, what are England and Scotland's best ever teams? After previously coming to a conclusion with England's, I've taken my vote on the Scots.


Andy Goram (GK) -

Despite only gaining 43 caps for Scotland, there was no doubt he was pretty sensational. His best years coming in a Rangers shirt in the 1990's where he earned the nickname 'The Goalie' for his outstanding performances. He was even voted Rangers' best ever goalkeeper. 

Sandy Jardine (RB) -

Another Rangers legend makes this team, Jardine was a regular for the Tartan Army during the 1970's. A consistent and reliable right back, he not only helped get Scotland to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, he was also voted best full back of the tournament along with Celtic's Danny McGrain. He managed a total of 38 caps. 

Gordon McQueen (CB) -

A Manchester United legend, Gordon McQueen was a strong and reliable sweeper who also played a part in Scotland's team at the 1974 World Cup. Whilst Willie Miller is a strong candidate for this position, McQueen edges it partly for his performances domestically with Man United. 

Alex McLeish (CB) -

A real Scotland hopeful, McLeish's talent was so vast and his partnership with Willie Miller in the 1980's so formidable, he managed to keep Liverpool legend Alan Hansen out the side consistently. The current Genk manager totalled a brilliant 77 caps. 

Danny McGrain (LB) -

In Scotland's Football hall of fame and rightly so, McGrain not only impressed with Scotland making a total of 62 caps, he also made over 400 appearances for Celtic domestically. In a Scotland shirt though, McGrain will be most remembered for his performances in the 1974 World Cup alongside Sandy Jardine and wearing the captain's armband at the 1982 World Cup. 

Jimmy Johnstone (RM) -

Nicknamed 'jinky' in his playing days, Jimmy Johnstone is by far one the best Scottish players of all time. Whilst only adding up a total of 23 caps for his national side, he was part of the Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1966, making over 350 appearances for the bhoys and scoring 82 goals from the right wing.

Ally McCoist (CM) -

An absolute certainty for this team, Ally McCoist was one of the finest Scottish players of his generation. Not only impressing domestically with 251 goals from 418 appearances for Rangers, but also with Scotland, managing a total of 61 caps including 19 goals. Bearing in mind, this is from centre midfield, impressive is an understatement. 

Gordon Strachan (CM) -

Already an excellent midfield, adding the current Scotland manager and Scottish hall of famer can only work wonders. Strachan's career is filled with silverware with his most successful period being from the late 1970's to the early 1990's amassing an unbelievable 125 goals for Aberdeen, Manchester United and Leeds in total.

Strachan also achieved notably with his national side, scoring a crucial qualifying winner against Sweden to guide Scotland to the 1982 World Cup. He managed 50 caps scoring 5 goals.

Graeme Souness (LM) -

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness' story with Scotland is arguably one of unfulfilled potential with his national side.

Although he was a superstar over at Anfield, he arguably should of got more of a chance for Scotland despite playing well when he did get the nod. Nevertheless, Souness should make the side for his contributions to the Liverpool side of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Kenny Dalglish (ST) -

The second Liverpool legend to make the cut, King Kenny absolutely has to make this team. Not only for his goalscoring record with Scotland, 30 goals in 102 caps, but also for representing Scotland in three World Cups, a height no other Scottish player has reached.

Another notable highlight for Dalglish was scoring a winning goal against England at Hampden Park in the 1970's, running through on goal and toe poking the ball through Ray Clemence's legs into the back of the net.

Denis Law (ST) -

Scotland's most clinical striker, Denis Law, is arguably the best ever player from North of the Border.

Whilst Law and Dalglish share the same amount of goals for Scotland, the former Manchester United man achieved the record in almost half the appearances. Law's best ever moment in a Scotland jersey, was at Wembley, where he scored the winning goal over World Cup champions England in 1967, ultimately writing his name in Scottish football folklore.

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