GRAEME SOUNESS is considered by many, including legendary sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney, to be Scotland’s greatest ever midfielder. His achievements for club and country confirm him to be a special talent.         

Born in Edinburgh, Sounesss began his career with Spurs and Middlesbrough but it was after a move to Liverpool in 1978 that he truly shone. In an astonishing seven-year stint he won three European Cups, five league titles and four League Cups, making him one of Liverpool’s most decorated players of all time.

He would leave Anfield for Sampdoria in Italy – winning the cup – before embarking on the next chapter of his career as player-manager at Rangers. He would launch a revolution at the Ibrox club with the financial help of new owner David Murray, sending Rangers on their way to winning nine successive league titles. Recruitment was key, Souness signing many established England internationals as well as former Celtic player Mo Johnston.

Leaving Rangers in 1991, he would go on to manage Liverpool, Galatasaray, Southampton, Torino, Benfica, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. His Scotland career was also impressive, Souness amassing 54 caps and scoring four goals for his country. He now works as a media pundit, primarily for Sky Sports.

Personal information

Full name Graeme James Souness
Date of birth 6 May 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder

Youth career

  Tynecastle Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1972 Montreal Olympique (loan) 10 (2)
1972–1978 Middlesbrough 176 (22)
1977 West Adelaide (loan) 6 (1)
1978–1984 Liverpool 247 (38)
1984–1986 Sampdoria 56 (8)
1986–1991 Rangers 50 (3)
Total   539 (73)
National team
1974–1986 Scotland 54 (4)
Teams managed
1986–1991 Rangers
1991–1994 Liverpool
1995–1996 Galatasaray
1996–1997 Southampton
1997 Torino
1997–1999 Benfica
2000–2004 Blackburn Rovers
2004–2006 Newcastle United

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.