When you’re playing a video game or watching live games on television, you’re often presented with players who seem to be the best of the best. These are players who possess a certain kind of quality that makes them simply an asset to whichever club they belong in. More often than not, these players behave like and play like winners.
The best football players in the Scottish League are almost always with top-tier teams. Here are some who made the cut.
Kiernan Tierney, Celtic
Perhaps a testament to Celtic’s potential to developing players is left back Kiernan Tierney. He has been voted PFA Young Player of the Year in the League for at least two seasons. Kiernan’s playing style always places him in the thick of the action, having an attacking demeanor since he was elevated to the first team. His first few months in the senior squad were enough for him to become the main left back.
Daniel Candeias, Rangers
Perhaps it’s his familiarity with the system Pedro Caixinha has in place that has him thriving in at Rangers, but Daniel Candeias is a player who truly belongs in the league. His play as a winger is characterized by his dynamic style and electric persona on the pitch. A two-way player, Candeias has elevated play for the Rangers whether on defense or offense.
Graeme Shinnie, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen midfielder has played for both Inverness and Aberdeen in his career, but he’s played rather efficiently for both clubs. While he’s relatively unknown, it’s because he’s a very efficient player who commands the respect of the back four while creating opportunities to attack by holding creative players of the opposition at a blank slate.
Christie Elliot, Patrick Thistle
To be fair, this striker has been playing as a right back. At 6 feet tall, Patrick Thistle’s manager Alan Archibald heaped praise on him for his role in the destruction of St. Mirren. He’s thrived in the absence of Mustapha Dumbuya. There’s also the benefit of his experience—once a wide player, always a wide player, and it’s evident when opposition is attacking the final third.
Greg Taylor, Kilmarnock
What a year it has been for this guy. Place any opposition before him—Joey Barton, Brazil—and he won’t blink. That was the year for Taylor, a player who helped Kilmarnock secure their spot in the Premiership. Perhaps, the way he plays is a product of his relatively young age, as well as of the club, but it doesn’t show any signs of going away any time soon.
Some of these players have what it takes to represent Scotland on the world stage; others should fit in easily with their country’s respective football teams. Whatever nationality they may be, football is bright because of these names.