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Thursday 18th January 2018

Scottish Football Bucket List #16

In the final edition of the Scottish Football Bucket List, we'll be looking at 6 players to watch who have starred in Scottish football, before finding a home further down the pyramid!

In the final edition of the Scottish Football Bucket List, we'll be looking at six players to watch who have starred in Scottish football, before finding a home further down the pyramid!

Rory McAllister
He played in the top flight with Inverness Caley Thistle but Rory McAllister has been the scourge of lower-league defences with Brechin City and, since 2011, Peterhead. A goalscoring machine, the 30-year-old has bagged 27 in all competitions this season and should shortly become the first player in the SPFL era to net 100 league goals – he’s on 94, more than 20 ahead of Leigh Griffiths. Capable of the spectacular, McAllister has found the net in 12 of his last 13 matches and Jim McInally's men have won all 12 of them.

Stephen Dobbie
A wonderfully gifted footballer, Dobbie recently turned 35 but his eye for goal is as sharp as ever. Was named Ladbrokes Championship Player of the Month for December and has found the net 20 times in all competitions this season. Gave Queen of the South a massive boost at the weekend by signing a deal for 2018/19 - Queens fans will be dreaming of a Premiership campaign as they are currently just outside the play-offs. Dobbie was with Rangers and Hibernian in the early part of his career and returned north in summer 2016 after spells at Swansea, Crystal Palace and Bolton among others.

Bobby Linn
Best known for tormenting defences outside the top flight but he began his career with Dundee, where as a youngster he scored the goal that knocked Hearts out the League Cup in 2003/04. Has also played for Peterhead, Morton and East Fife and has been with Arbroath since 2013. A key member of Dick Campbell’s side, who are bidding for back-to-back promotions, Linn can both score goals and create them – not a bad combination!!

Neil Alexander
He'll be 40 in March but the veteran goalkeeper is still going strong and is a key member of the Livingston side currently occupying a promotion play-off place in the Championship. Alexander earned all the major domestic honours with Rangers and has also had spells south of the border as well as with Hearts, where he won the Championship, and Aberdeen. Began his career with Stenhousemuir and was in the Scotland team that won the Kirin Cup in 2006, it would be quite a story if he could help David Hopkin's side into the top flight come May.

Farid El Alagui
The Bordeaux-born centre-forward announced himself in Scottish football in 2011. Arriving in Falkirk from Romorantin in France, he scored 27 goals in 43 appearances for the club, finding himself named in the PFA First Division Team of the Year. Memorably, Farid would 'Kiss the Coin', a lucky coin held in the dugout by assistant manager Neil MacFarlane. Following this, Farid had spells with Dundee United, Hibernian, Dunfermline, Ayr and is now with Edinburgh City.

Christian Nade
A man with an interesting career, taking in Sheffield, Cyprus and Thailand (for the Raging Mackerel), Nade is best known in Scotland. Signed for Hearts by Anatoly Korobochka and Stephen Frail in 2007, the burly Frenchman became a cult hero at Tynecastle, scoring against Hibs early in his career. Since then, Nade has spent time with Dundee (helping them win promotion back to the top flight), Raith Rovers, Hamilton Accies, Stranraer, Annan and is currently in his second spell with Dumbarton. The hitman is still scoring, so get along to see him!

Read the rest of the SPFL Bucket list: