SPL’s Greatest Foreign XI

After all your feedback on Facebook and on Twitter, here it is! The Commentary Box’s Greatest SPL Foreign Eleven! The best players from abroad, to ply their trade in the Scottish Premier League. As a result, this only takes into account players who played on or after 1998. We’ve gone with a 4-5-1 thanks to the abundance of quality midfielders.

GoalkeeperStefan Klos (Rangers)

The German ‘keeper won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 before moving to Rangers in ’98. He became a vital part of the Rangers side which won four league trophies, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

 

Defence

Ulises de la Cruz (Hibernian)

The Ecuadorian full back only spent one season at Easter Road. Signed for a record fee of £700,000 he made 39 appearances in Hibernian colours before moving to Aston Villa for £1,500,000. Two goals in an Edinburgh derby ensured the south American goes down in history in one half of the capital.

 

Lorenzo Amoruso(Rangers)

Rangers Italian defender was made over 200 appearances for the Ibrox side. Responsible for his side’s Champions League exit in 2000, Amoruso regained his form  and went on to win the 2002 Player of the Year. His final game in Rangers colours was the Scottish Cup final in 2003, where he scored the winner.

 

Franck Sauzee (Hibernian)

The one-time France captain is a deity at Easter Road. Referred to as ‘Le God’ by the Hibees. Regarded by many as one of the most gifted players ever to grace the turf at Easter Road. Rivals Hearts, failed to beat Hibs on any occasion Sauzee was in the team.

 

Arthur Numan (Rangers)

45 time capped Dutch full back joined Rangers under Dick Advocaat. Serving as vice captain and forming a blistering partnership on the left with Jorg Albertz. Numan was ever reliable for Rangers and won 10 trophies over 5 years.

 

Midfield

Ronald De Boer (Rangers)

De Boer was a product of the great Ajax side of the early to mid 90’s, and after a spell with Barcelona, found himself in the blue half of Glasgow. Without a doubt one of the most skillful players to grace the Scottish game in recent years. His goals, 16 in 2002-03 were vital in Rangers’ treble.

 

Lubomir Moravcik (Celtic)

The signing of this little Slovakian midfielder was the only success story from Josef Venglos’ reign in charge. Lubo joined Celtic at the age of 33 for £300,000 from German side Duisurg and lit up the SPL with his tremendous skill over three seasons.

 

Stiliyan Petrov (Celtic)

Stiliyan was signed by John Barnes for £2 million and after a miserable season where he was played out of position at right back, Stiliyan wanted out of Celtic. However, that all changed when Martin O’Neill took charge and transformed this box-to-box midfielder into the player we know today. Highest scoring midfielder in SPL history.

 

Russell Latapy (Rangers, Falkirk, Hibernian and Dundee United)

Latapy is an experienced player in Scottish football. He spent 11 years in Scotland and was capped a total of 79 times for Trinidad and Tobago. The skillful midfielder was a goalscorer, creator and fans favourite everywhere he went.

 

Jorg Albertz (Rangers)

Albertz joined Rangers from HSV Hamburg in a £4 million deal in 1996. Jorg was a frequent goal scorer from the middle of the park and hit 51 goals in 137 appearances for the Gers. Earned his nickname “The Hammer”  thanks to his thunderous left foot.

 

Striker

Henrik Larsson (Celtic)

The Swedish striker signed for Celtic in 1997 for just £650,000 and went on to score 242 goals in 315 appearances. He scored both Celtic goals when they reached the final of the Uefa Cup in 2003.

 

Substitutes

Anti Niemi (Rangers, Hearts)

Niemi spent the best part of five years in Scotland with Rangers and Hearts. His performances at Hearts were up there with the best of his career , fine form which won him a place in the English Premier League with Southampton.

Stephane Adam (Hearts)

This striker made his name in Scotland at Hearts where he notably scored the winner in the 1998 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers to win Hearts their first trophy in 46 years.

Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)

In his four years at Celtic Nakmura was famed for his fantastic free kicks and skill on the ball. He scored the goal that put Celtic in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst  (Rangers)

Rangers signed the Dutch defender in 1998 for a cool £5million and he went on to make over 100 appearances for the Ibrox side before moving on to Arsenal and later Barcelona.

Fernando Ricksen (Rangers)

Ricksen joined Rangers in 2000 from AZ Alkmaar for a fee of £3.75 million and was a major part of Advocaat’s Dutch revolution. His fine form continued under Alex McLeish and was a fans’ favourite in his six years at Ibrox.

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