The Tartan Army’s official pick for Scotland’s Greatest Team
The Tartan Army have chosen their greatest ever Scotland team, in advance of the nation's choice being revealed. See who they went for.
The Tartan Army have voted for who they think should be in STV’s Scotland’s Greatest Team and the results are in - with a few surprising choices to say the least. Over 600 members of the supporters group picked their fantasy team. So before the announcement of the nation's choice on STV on Thursday April 22, here's how the worlds' best loved travelling support voted.
First up are the strikers and there are no surprises here with Kenny Dalglish receiving almost 90% of the vote. Scotland’s most capped player scored 30 goals for his country in 102 games. In this dream team he would be joined in the goal-mouth by Denis Law who netted the same number of goals from 55 games – a striking partnership any team would be envious of.
Heading up the playmakers in midfield is Celtic’s all-time greatest player and ‘Lord of the Wing’ Jimmy Johnstone. Rangers legend Jim Baxter and fellow former Gers star Graeme Souness both receive the nod, leaving no place for Davie Cooper. The midfield is completed by Leeds United’s all-time greatest player Billy Bremner whose fighting style and win at all-costs attitude earned him a statue outside Elland Road.
The choice of defenders was a closely fought battle in the poll; the notable surprise being the absence of Rangers’ greatest ever player, John Greig. However, the Ibrox side are represented by the inclusion of nine-in-a-row hero Richard Gough - Rangers’ most successful captain ever.
Gough would be aided at the back by Celtic’s Danny McGrain, who proved most popular in the vote with 73%. Also ensuring things were kept safe at the back are team-mates Willie Miller and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish. Miller made 65 appearances for Scotland and, along with McLeish, won the European Cup Winners Cup with Aberdeen under the leadership of Alex Ferguson.
Who needs a goalie from the past when you have the best at present? Well, that is the consensus from the Tartan Army at least who have chosen current goalkeeper Craig Gordon between the posts.
Gordon was Britain’s most expensive keeper at the time when he moved from Hearts to Sunderland for £9 million and is the youngest player to be inducted into Hearts’ Hall of Fame. The reigning Scotland number one received the nod in the starting position with 34% of the vote, narrowly edging out former Rangers goalie Andy Goram.
Finally, the man taking the helm of Scotland’s greatest team, as chosen for by the Tartan Army, is former Scotland and Celtic manager Jock Stein.
Stein, who won with over 250 votes more than Sir Alex Ferguson, will forever be associated with Celtic’s European triumph and nine-in-a-row dominance of Scottish top-flight football, but the manager also took the nation to the World Cup in Spain where we were only eliminated on goal difference.
Will these match the choice of the nation as a whole? All will be revealed on STV on Thursday, April 22 at 9pm.