But this legacy is possibly an unjustified one. Scotland has produced a myriad of world-class footballers over the years and the starting XI below are a prime example of this. As a side note, many quality managers, too. But we’re focusing on the players today.
The highlands have obviously produced the iconic likes of Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Law and Graeme Souness. So football is undoubtedly ingrained in this country’s history. But, having failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1998, what happened to this great source of talent? Well, it certainly didn’t run dry, that’s for sure. But something must have gone wrong along the way, because the Scots below comprise a mean team.
So, in celebration of everyone’s favourite adopted holiday, Burns Night, we’ve compiled the greatest starting XI of Scots to have ever graced the Premier League. Time to forget the haggis and bagpipes, this lot are another, unexpected, class. Och aye the noo!
An imperious 'keeper who graced the Prem with Sunderland back in 2007 before joining Celtic, whereby he has so far kept 68 clean sheets. With Chelsea looking to snap him up, there's life in the old dog yet.
Remember the name? Caldwell was a solid centre-back for Wigan Athletic, with whom he won the FA Cup in 2013 and made 102 appearances. Not having such a pretty time in management, however, having just been sacked by the Latics as gaffer.
Another player-turned-manager, McNamara donned the striped jersey of Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 2005 and has since played almost 450 career games.
What a name. What a man. The imposing defender has made almost 300 appearances for the English clubs, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town. Solid lad.
The former Manchester United regular oversaw a largely forgotten 223 matches for the Red Devils and has captained West Bromwich Albion as well as the Scotland national team. Underrated.
Great, big, bald legend. The fella had an almost 20 year career that saw him command in 720 games at clubs such as Liverpool and Leeds United.
This jinking midfielder graced the Premier League with two impressive seasons for Everton as well as three with Fulham. He's also nabbed 12 goals for Scotland and stands at just 5ft 7". Awh.
For a man with very few teeth, Charlie Adam has forged a top class career out of running the midfield before banging the occasional screamer from 35 yards. Having won the League Cup with Liverpool and over 120 caps with Stoke City, the guy certainly deserves his place on this list.
A world-class beard and a man who's career could have given so much more. Having said that, the fella did score a rather impressive 22 goals for Wolves across just two seasons. Wasted potential in many respects.
What is it with Steven Naismith, as soon as you forget about the man, he goes and pops a last minute worldie to screw over your accumulator. Ever present, deservedly so on this list.
Better known for his prolific three spells at Rangers, Kenny Miller is a top, top Scottish striker. As well as 69 goals for the international side, Miller graced the Premier League with Wolves (they like their Scots it would appear) way back in 2001 for five seasons.
So, Scottish football isn’t all swearing and hoof-balls. That starting XI could challenge most Premier League teams these days, especially with the ingrained grit of the Scottish guiding them through. It’s a pity that these lads weren’t all born at the same time or we would have been watching Scotland lift the trophy last year in Brazil, surely?