Scot 100: The search for Scottish football's top 100

Written by The Away End.

IN January 2012, The Away End  launched our search for the top 100 Scottish league players of all time.
Who was the greatest? Was it the great Dane Brian Laudrup? The 'King of Kings' Henrik Larsson? The Geordie genius Paul Gascoigne? Lubo Moravcik? Jinky Jimmy Johnstone? Davie Cooper? Gordon Strachan? Lawrie Reilly?
Or are we looking too much at goals and skill? What about the midfield warriors? Men who lifted the European cup like Greame Souness or Paul Lambert?
Of course one of the challenges is how do you compare a striker to a defender? Surely Scotland's European trophy winning sides would not have done so without their great captains; Billy McNeil, John Greig and Willie Miller.
Should Andy Webster, cup winner with Hearts and Dundee Utd, be in the top 100?
There's the players who didn't play for the bigger clubs and who put loyalty before regular silverware to star on a weekly basis at the one club. Such as Hearts hitman John Robertson, or Dundee United stalwart Maurice Malpas.
There are those who came for only a fleeting moment. Aberdeen's Zoltan Varga went on to replace the great Johann Cruyff at Ajax. Marco Negri was breaking records for half a season. George Best came to Scotland with his best days behind him but still dazzled at Easter Road.
Where do the main players in some of Scotland's greatest sides sit in the all time table? Rangers nine in a row era, Celtic's Lisbon Lions, Aberdeen's Gothenburg Greats, Dundee United's European marvels of the 80's, Hibs famous five, Hearts' Terrible Trio.
It's not up to us to decide, we wanted your help.
So we asked you to put forward your nominations, and we received 558 names.
At first, nominations and a first round started the voting. Then a second round with the players up against players in similar positions.
After that, once more the players went to the polls, and for five days this time, with each day we removed players from the bottom who hadn't received enough votes.
By the time 458 players had been removed, we had have our top 100.
That decided who was in the top 100. Those who finished in the top 25 were put to a panel of Scottish football journalists who decided who should finish where.
That means, after two years, we have the list of the greatest 100 players in Scottish football history.
There is still an enormous amount of fine players who did not make the list, but we're happy that the 100 who did make it deserve their place.
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-6 # Mick Quigley 2013-07-17 13:25
Victor wanyama best to grace Scotland easy no arguments
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+3 # gibby 2013-11-24 21:06
Hahahahahahaha your wrong in the head.
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