8. Don Hutchison
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 26/40
Don Hutchison eh? What a player. Sadly for Scotland, much like ourselves, we didn’t get to enjoy the goal-scoring midfielder for too long, as he appeared in only 26 games for the Scottish national team, but boy did he make up for it when he played.
Although he scored six goalsfor his cpountry, he’s best remember for scoring Scotland’s winner at Wembley back in 1999.
7. Frank Gray
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 32/146
Father to one of Sunderland’s worst ever strikers, Andy, Frank was a goal-scoring Scottish full-back that joined the club during the disastrous 1985/86 season, although he was redeemed as part of Denis Smith’s title winning side of 1987.
Strangely, he was part of Leeds United squad for the 1973 cup final, receiving a runners-up medal, before he won the league a year later in Don Revie’s final season.
6. Steven Fletcher
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 33/94
Despite his underwhelming time on Wearside, ‘Fletch’ is remembered for some iconic moments in Sunderland’s history. Some may have forgotten him, but Steve Taylor hasn’t.
Scorer of one of the most beautiful derby goals in memory, the forward simply loved having a stormer against the Mags, so he’s a good lad in my books.
5. Jim Baxter
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 34/87
Perhaps the most naturally talented player on this list, ‘Slim Jim’ is remembered fondly on both sides of the border, and is regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest ever players.
Born in Fife, Baxter moved south of the border for Scottish record transfer of £72k in 1965, when the Lads purchased him from Scottish giants Rangers. He could turn defenders inside out and, for those that saw him live, is remembered as one of the SAFC greats.
4. James McFadden
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 48/3
Scottish hero, Sunderland reject. So often the talisman for his country, ‘Faddy’ is hailed as a legend for his outstanding goal against in the Euro 2008 qualifier against France.
By the time he came to Sunderland though, he was washed-up and finished at Premier League. He left the club three months after he joined, with barely anyone noticing he was even here.
3. Alan Hutton
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 50/11
The former Rangers right-back was touted as one of the most exciting talents in the whole of Britain whilst at Ibrox, but his big-money move to Spurs didn’t go as he would have hoped, and thus his career stuttered slightly.
He attempted to reignite his career with a six month loan on Wearside and, to be fair, he played very well but a permanent move was scuppered with Spurs’ Daniel Levy asked for silly money for the defender.
He is currently a free-agent and retired from international duty last year.
2. Craig Gordon
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 54/88
Hailed as one of our best goalkeepers of the past 20 years, the former Hearts man was brought to the club by Roy Keane in 2007 for a record fee of £9m.
Recurring injuries meant we never truly saw the best of Gordon and, when he was released in 2012, many fans expected him to retire, however, he has enjoyed an Indian summer back in Scotland, winning no less than 11 trophies at Parkhead and earning a recall to the national team after a four year absence in 2014.
Although he rarely performs for either club or country now, it’s great to see Gordon go on to achieve as well as he did after his injury hell he has here.
1. Ally McCoist
Scotland Caps/SAFC Apps: 61/56
Our most capped Scottish player ever? Alistair Murdoch McCoist! The Rangers legend moved to Wearside at tender age of 18, as Alan Durban forked out £400k to bring him south of the border.
‘Coisty’ would become the poster boy for the Durban-revolution at the new look Rokerites of the early 1980’s in a squad that underwent a major revamp.
McCoist had a difficult few years on Wearside though, scoring only eight goals before moving to Rangers after just two years at Roker Park, and it was at Ibrox where he’d realise his huge potential, scoring a total of 251 goals during 15 successful years in Glasgow.
His former manager Durban perhaps summed up Ally’s time on Wearside best: “right player, wrong time”.