Why the Scotland 1974 World Cup side gets my vote as best ever

Most of the country seems to have been engaged in picking Scotland’s best ever team this week, including the wonderful (and still looking terrific) Denis Law.

It’s great fun but totally meaningless – it is almost impossible to compare players from different generations. The pace of the game now is lightning by comparison.

Perhaps there is more merit in picking a Scotland team from our history that actually played together as a unit.

My vote would go to the 1974 side that drew 0-0 with Brazil in the World Cup in Frankfurt, part of a campaign that saw Scotland unbeaten but still not qualified.

Put together by Willie Ormond, the team that June evening came closest when Billy Bremner saw the ball ricochet onto his shins and slip past the goal from three yards.

This was the XI who thought they could win the World Cup: David Harvey; Sandy Jardine, Jim Holton, Martin Buchan, Danny McGrain; David Hay, Billy Bremner, Kenny Dalglish, Willie Morgan; Peter Lorimer, Joe Jordan.

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