36-years old, 37  goals, and it’s only January. Stephen Dobbie is in his own league when it comes to prolific goalscoring in Scotland.

It was another night and another hat-trick for the forward, putting Premiership side Dundee to the sword in the Scottish Cup as Queen of the South swept past the Dee, with Dobbie’s three goals ensuring a comfortable 3-0 win for Queens.

They will now face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup fifth round.

Dobbie is in sensational form at all times.(photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It is unquestionable how important Dobbie is to this side. With just under 60% of Queens’ league goals coming from the veteran striker, and a goal every 70 minutes, he is one of Scotland’s most prolific goalscorers.


Leaving Europe’s elite in the dust

He may be in his twilight footballing years, but that isn’t stopping Dobbie and Lionel Messi being mentioned in the same sentence.

With 37 goals in 30 games, Dobbie has a better strike rate than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi’s not the only one faltering behind the forward though, with Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero all trailing behind Dobbie. The list is endless, as there are very few players who can match the striker’s scoring abilities.

Not even the Argentine genius is scoring as many as Queens’ man. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He’s already smashed last season’s total of 27 goals. It’ll be no surprise if Dobbie reaches a half century of strikes for Queens this season. Seven goals in his opening three competitive fixtures should really of been a sign of things to come.

Dobbie delivers on the big stage as well, not reserving his lethal finishing for Championship opponents. He’s scored five times in four games against Premiership opposition this season. That’s more or the same amount of goals as Tony Watt, Florian Kamberi and Kris Boyd have scored in Scotland’s top flight this season.

Only Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland and Edinburgh City’s Blair Henderson can rival Dobbie’s goalscoring form. Neither of them can match or better Dobbie’s statistics though.

The Palmerston hero. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The veteran is proving himself to be a fine wine that gets better with age on a game by game basis. Just when you think he’s going to stop scoring, he comes up with another few goals to silence you.

Queen of the South know their manners, but Dobbie clearly doesn’t, as he has been a constant nuisance to opposition defences around the country.

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