Scots to have played in German football Oliver Burke joins the ranks of Scots to play in Bundesliga


Scotland international Oliver Burke has become the most expensive Scottish player ever following his transfer to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig from Nottingham Forest for a fee of around £13 million.

The 19-year-old’s fee surpasses that of Scottish compatriot Ross McCormack who was signed by Aston Villa for £12 million from Fulham earlier this month.

Burke joins the ranks of a small band of Scottish players to ply their trade in the Bundesliga with mixed fortunes.

Scott Booth

One of the biggest surprises in Scottish football when the Aberdeen player was signed by Borussia Dortmund following their Champions League win and off the back of fellow Scot Paul Lambert starring for the Bundesliga side, before moving back to Scotland with Celtic.

Booth, who is now head coach of Glasgow City, spent two years at Dortmund playing just nine times and scoring once. Being farmed out on loan twice during that time to Vitesse Arnhem and FC Utrecht on loan.

The striker quit Dortmund in 1999 after two forgettable years and signed for FC Twente in the Eredivisie.

Paul Lambert

Signed from Motherwell in 1996 after impressing against Dortmund, the Bundesliga side converted him into a defensive midfielder and it paid dividends for not only the Germans but for Celtic later on.

Highly regarded by the Dortmund fans, Lambert helped the German side to European glory as Dortmund beat Juventus in 1997. Lambert man marked legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane and provided the cross for the opening goal.

He spent just over a season in the Bundesliga before signing for Martin O’Neill’s Celtic in 1997.

Murdo MacLeod

Another Scot to ply their trade with Borussia Dortmund, MacLeod quit Celtic in 1987 after almost a decade at the club. He played 103 times for the Bundesliga side and is Scotland’s Bundesliga appearance record holder.

He won the German Cup and the Super Cup before moving back to Scotland in 1991 signing for Hibernian.

Mark McGhee

Part of Aberdeen’s legendary Cup Winners Cup side of 1983, the current Motherwell manager signed for Hamburg after Gunter Netzer personally convinced the Scot to sign for the German side, in a £330,000 deal.

McGhee would only spend 16 months with Hamburg – scoring seven goals in 30 appearances – thanks to a number of injuries and he returned to Scotland in 1985 signing for Celtic in a £170,000 deal.

Alan McInally

‘Rambo’ signed for German giants Bayern Munich in the summer of 1989 after they paid Aston Villa £1.2 million for the striker.

In his first season in Munich, McInally scored ten goals for the Bundesliga side in 40 league appearances – making him the Bundesliga’s record Scottish goalscorer.

He quit Munich in 1993 for Kilmarnock.

Brian O’Neill

A cult figure at Wolfsburg, O’Neill was a regular in his two and half seasons in the Bundesliga after signing for them in 1998 from Aberdeen for £350,000.

Scoring three times in 50 appearances, O’Neill helped the German side to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

He signed for Derby County in 2000.

Vincent Mennie

Dortmund-born Mennie holds the record of being the first Scottish footballer to play in the Bundesliga, as well as being the first to score in the league also.

His footballing career was rather forgettable, he made 29 appearances for FC Koln in the Bundesliga, before being sold to Dundee where he made 64 appearances scoring three times.

He signed for Falkirk in 1989, where he played just seven times, before signing for German lower league side Wuppertaler SV.

Mark Fotheringham

The Celtic youth academy graduate signed for SC Freiburg in 2005, after two years with Dundee where he made 59 appearances and scored four goals in all competitions.

Fotheringham’s time in Germany was less than successful, playing just nine times, before he left at the end of the season signing for Swiss side FC Aarau on a free transfer.

Kevin Kerr

Another German-born Scottish footballer, Kerr who was capped twice for Billy Stark’s Under-21 side in 2009, played for Arminia Bielefeld until 2011.

In 2012, he signed for Dutch outfit AGOVV Apeldoorn but left after the club went bankrupt and returned to Germany to play for SC Wiedenbrück of the Fußball-Regionalliga West – playing 19 games and scoring four times.

Kerr signed for USL Pro side Pittsburgh Riverhounds in April 2013.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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