After a 2004 inspection, Strathclyde Police was given 11 recommendations and told to review 28 areas, including staffing and race relations.
However this year's review found police chiefs had carried out four of the recommendations and eight review items.
The force said the latest report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was "very positive" overall.
According to inspectors, outstanding issues included implementing a transparent promotion procedure, overhauling the care and custody of prisoners and recruiting more special constables and officers from ethnic minority communities.
HMIC chief inspector Andrew Brown told the force he expected to see the outstanding matters cleared up within a year.
He said recommendations which had been successfully tackled included nearly quadrupling the number of family liaison officers and improving staff welfare provision.
The HMIC report revealed that Strathclyde ranked below the Scottish forces' average in nearly every operational performance measure, including rates of staff sickness absence, complaints, crime detection and road safety injuries.
Much of the adverse variations were due to the force's size, Mr Brown said, and during the past year improvements had been shown in most areas.
He said: "Strathclyde Police has made steady progress to address the recommendations of the 2004 primary inspection.
"I look forward to the next review in 2007, when I would hope that all the remaining recommendations may be discharged."
A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "Overall, this is a very positive report.
"The force has made major progress in many areas and this is recognised by HMIC.
"Having said that, we recognise that there is always room for improvement and we are fully committed to continually improving the services we provide to local communities."
The Scots Godfather accused of bribing police is a ruthless, cunning crook with a blood- soaked history.
The 43-year-old thug, known to police as The Licensee, is in control of the city's underworld.
He has been charged with a string of violent offences, but never convicted.
The former safebreaker is involved in drugs, loan-sharking, extortion and robbery, and owns pubs, clubs and minicab companies.
But his speciality is setting up rival crooks to take the rap for crimes he has masterminded.
The corruption probe at the heart of Strathclyde Police, says he does it with the help of seven unscrupulous detectives.
As well as rocking Scotland's biggest police force the claims have thrown a new spotlight on The Licensee.
And his story will horrify all law-abiding people.
The Licensee began his criminal career with the notorious Barlanark Team, a pack of thieves from the east end of Glasgow.
His speciality was stealing safes, and the gang robbed post offices and businesses nationwide.
The Licensee made a fortune, and earned his nickname by ploughing it into pubs.
His name doesn't appear on any official documents, and his property company is run by his wife and a close friend.
But he controls the money the pubs make - an estimated pounds 40,000 a week - and uses it to bankroll crime.
The Licensee is hugely wealthy. But he has many enemies, and lives as a virtual recluse in a plush bungalow in Mount Vernon, Glasgow.
He rarely ventures out in daylight, preferring to run his empire from home.
And when he was stopped by traffic police recently, he was wearing an FBI- issue bulletproof vest.
His house was massively refurbished three years ago. And local gossips claim he has a pounds 10,000 security system, with pressure pads, infra-red cameras and state of the art alarms.
It's also rumoured that he has an ultra-secure "bolt-hole" at the back of the house.
The Licensee does leave home for an occasional night's drinking.
But he shuns the bright lights and heads for a traditional "man's pub" in East Kilbride. His wife and son, a recovering junkie in his early 20s, always go with him.
The scruffy Godfather always wears jeans, a T-shirt and a denim jacket.
And his only obvious signs of wealth are two BMWs, one a convertible, a massive jeep and two homes - the bungalow and a former council flat in Barlanark.
In the twisted world of Glasgow crime, The Licensee is a success story. But many have suffered or died during his rise.
The Record has revealed his role in the bloody Ice Cream Wars of the 1980s.
He had a fleet of vans and was greedy to increase his profits, so he launched a wave of violent attacks.
And he was the man with most to gain from the wars' most horrifying incident, the murders of six members of a rival family in a fire at their home in 1984.
Two men, Joseph Steele and Thomas Campbell, are serving life for the attack. But they have always insisted they were framed.
And The Licensee, fearing the truth would come out, offered a henchman thousands of pounds to murder Campbell in jail.
Campbell is still alive, and still protesting his innocence.
The Licensee has also been implicated in the murders of Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon in September 1991.
They were shot after the assassination of drug baron Arthur Thompson junior, whose father was Godfather before The Licensee. It was assumed Arthur senior had taken his revenge.
But some claim The Licensee set up Arthur junior's shooting then had Glover and Hanlon killed - even though they were his close allies - to cover him-self with Arthur senior.
He had a blazing row with Glover and Hanlon 24 hours before they died, and mysteriously disappeared on the night of their shootings.
The Licensee's past is littered with other violent incidents, and he has been charged with a number of serious offences.
But where the law is concerned, he seems to bear a charmed life.
He was accused of blinding John "Jonah" McKenzie, a well-known gangland figure, in a blade and baseball bat attack.
And it was claimed he ran a rival off the road in his four-wheel drive truck, and forced a CID car into a ditch while helping a pal escape arrest.
However, he has NEVER stood in the dock or the witness box.
The Licensee's latest venture, revealed by the Record last March, is to invest in minicabs.
He has spent pounds 400,000 on buying taxi companies, using two associates as frontmen.
The firms' owners were told to sell out or else. They're all too terrified to say anything against The Licensee, and police investigations have met a wall of silence.
Making people stay silent has been one of the keys to the Licensee's success. But Tam Bagan chose to speak out.
The underworld heavy, Arthur Thompson snr's former bodyguard, is serving 12 years for armed robbery. For more than a year, he has been giving police detailed accounts of The Licensee's crooked activities.
He blames The Licensee and others for his jail term, claiming he was framed.
But sources close to him say his real reason for breaking the crook's code of silence is to get back at The Licensee for the murders of his friends Glover and Hanlon.
The most sensational claim is that The Licensee has seven detectives in his pocket -a chief inspector, three inspectors, two sergeants and a constable.
The officers have been taking bribes of cash, cars and gifts since the late 70s.
In return, they're said to have helped The Licensee frame rivals, and warned him of bids to arrest him.
The officers, said to be at the heart of the fight against organised crime, have yet to be interviewed.
John Orr, Strathclyde's new chief constable, said last night: "Allegations of this nature must be taken very seriously and the public can be assured that I am committed to ensuring these allegations are vigorously and relentlessly investigated."
And for The Licensee, sitting in his fortress home, that could be the worst news in years.
(STILL NO CHANGES HERE THEN?)