SPL’s Biggest Flops XI

In the wake of one of the most exciting transfer windows in a good few years we have decided to come up with the biggest flops in Scottish football. After numerous suggestions this is the team we have decided upon and we are sure each player excelled at not doing a whole lot.


Colin Meldrum (Kilmarnock)

Mistake prone keeper, made more clangers than saves. At least it seemed that way. Meldrum never inspired confidence when between the sticks and done more flapping than a windsock in a gale.



Left Back

Michael Gray (Celtic)

Makes the left back position just ahead of Paolo Vanoli. Regarded by Sunderland fans as a legend, Michael Gray’s biggest contribution to Celtic was leaving after 7 appearances. Gray acheived little in his time at Celtic, and soon found himself back in England, with Blackburn this time.


Centre Backs

Frank Van Eijs (Dundee)


The Dutch centre back made 16 appearances for Dundee in 99/00. An error prone, bomb scare of a defender, no hesitation he gets on the teamsheet. The big defender spent time in the lower leagues in Holland before Dundee snapped him up on a bosman. Van Eijs was one of Ivan Bonetti’s wonder signings at the fun house that was Dens Park.


Rafael Scheidt (Celtic, £4.8m)

A stick on for every list of SPL ‘worsts’, horrendous waste of money. One team mate said of him ‘the guy couldnae trap a bag of cement,’.  A definite on the list. Signed by John Barnes, Rafael made 3 appearances for Celtic. One of which was a kickabout against Bray Wanderers. 3 caps for Brazil though……..

Right Back

Kevin James ( Hearts, St Johnstone)

Solid big defender was great with Falkirk, but that all went down with Hearts. 14 appearances in 2 years. The 6ft 7inch defender actually seemed to get smaller when he jumped. All in all, not a bad defender but looked out of his depth when in the SPL


Thomas Gravesen (Celtic, £2m)

The Danish international signed for Celtic back in 2006 and this was greeted by fans as one of the best signings for a long time. Having come from Real Madrid expectations were high. He started  well with Celtic scoring in the first old firm derby of the season and then scoring a hat trick, but things took a turn for the worst when he was replaced in the starting line up. Gravesen left Glasgow in 2008 after only appearing in 29 games for Celtic.


Roy Keane (Celtic)

A legend in the red half of Manchester, Keane came north to join Celtic in 2005. This was not to be the greatest decision of his career as he only played ten games in the league and only scored one goal. He will be remembered as part of the team that lost 2-1 in the Scottish Cup at the hands of Clyde.

David Hannah (Dundee United, Celtic 650k, Dundee United)


In his career he played for six different Scottish sides including Celtic and Dundee United. He moved from Tannadice to Celtic Park in a deal worth £650,000, the same fee paid for Henrik Larsson, but re-joined Dundee United two years later for less than half this amount. Overweight and over-rated his career then seemed to spiral including spells with Ross County, Brechin City, St Johnstone and Cowdenbeath.



Egil Østenstad (Rangers)

A superb scoring record in England, the striker joined Rangers in the summer of 2003 but that is where the good news ends. He only scored two goals for the club in a terrible spell in Scottish football. He never scored in the League and his contract was terminated before the season was finished!

Paul Dalglish (Celtic, Livingston, Hibernian, Kilmarnock)

With a second name like that it was always going to be hard to live up to the expectations. His youth career included both Celtic and Liverpool but he never made it to the first team. He came to Scotland with Livingston but only scored three league goals in 26 appearances and the same amount for Hibs where he played 17 times. He played for 11 clubs and is still only 33. He retired having scored just 22 league goals in over 200 appearances his dad must be proud!

James Beattie (Rangers)

Signed for Rangers in at the start of this season but has been no use to the SPL champions only receiving seven games in the league and he has not scored a single goal for the Glasgow side. A reported £1.5 million down the drain for Walter Smith and Rangers.


One Response to SPL’s Biggest Flops XI

  1. Martin Kelly says:

    Davie Hannah played in the first Celtic team to win a league in 10 years so couldn’t have been that bad.

    The possibilities I suppose are endless: Scott Marshall for Celtic, David Preece in goal (worst Aberdeen keeper ever? most of Aberdeen 98-01 in fact) John Davies (Billy’s awful brother at Motherwell), Massimo Donati (lol), Daniel Prodan, Ian Wright, Mo Camara, Dan Eggen (apparently never played a league game but memorable hair and name)

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