Ryan Gauld's huge MLS salary revealed along with ex-Rangers, Celtic and Hearts stars

Ryan Gauld is the top earning Scottish football player in the MLS, new figures have revealed.

The former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder moved to Vancouver Whitecaps last summer from SC Farense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, joining the likes of Johnny Russell, Lewis Morgan and Danny Wilson in the US top flight.

An updated database of player salaries compiled by the MLS Players' Association has shown how much each player in the league earns per year from their club.

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Gauld tops the list of Scots, taking home a sizeable $2.3million (£1.8m) in wages - which equates to around £35,000 a week.

Former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder Ryan Gauld is the top earning Scot in the MLS.
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Fellow former Tannadice star Johnny Russell collects the second-highest Scottish wage packet. The Sporting Kansas City forward rakes in $2million per annum (£1.6m), around £31,000 a week.

Lewis Morgan, the former Celtic and St Mirren winger who recently moved from Inter Miami to New York Red Bulls, is on $650,000 per year (£517,000) while ex-Rangers and Hearts defender Danny Wilson earns $330,000 (£262,700).

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As well as Morgan and Wilson, there are also significant sums being paid to former Old Firm players.

Ex-Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama nets a cool $2.4million (£1.9m) from Montreal’s midfield, while another former Celt, Patryk Klimala is on $1m (£797,000) playing alongside Morgan at NY Red Bulls.

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Figures also show New York City’s James Sands, currently on an 18-month loan at Rangers, is paid $400,000 (£319,000) per year.

Former Ibrox midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, now captain of Philadelphia Union, takes home a basic $900k (£717,000).

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Xherdan Shaqiri is the top earner in the league with a base salary of $7.35million (£5.8m), ahead of Chicharito and Gonzalo Higuian.

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