The PFA Scotland Player of the Year nominees are just a few weeks ago – so we got down to predicting who might make the four-man shortlist.
We know who the contenders are in English football, with their PFA getting down to the end-of-season awards before their northern counterparts.
But who would be in contention as we come to the end of what’s been another hugely entertaining season in Scottish football? We look at the contenders:
Scott Brown – Celtic
Brown might not grab the headlines because he doesn’t score or assist a lot with Celtic, but he does set the standard in Brendan Rodgers’ team and is so often the inspiration they need from midfield in big games. His importance to Celtic is highlighted whenever he’s injured – but thankfully for the Hoops they’ve managed to keep him healthy for the majority of this season. Just look at his performance against Rangers on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final to see where he ranks among midfielders in the country.
Kris Boyd – Kilmarnock
As bizarre as it is even considering Boyd for this at this stage of his career, it’s merited due to the 21 goals he’s scored for a fantastic Kilmarnock this season. Steve Clarke is rightly credited for their turnaround from a relegation-threatened team to a European football-chasing side, but Boyd should take a lot of credit too for his goal return. Put your opinions on his punditry aside, he’s the top scorer in Scottish football and that should see him seriously considered for the nominee list.
Alfredo Morelos – Rangers
Remember this award is voted on by players in the Premiership – and the majority are bound to have been impressed with Morelos this season. Sure, he’s got no goals against Celtic and that should see the Hoops players ignore him in the voting, but he’s got 18 against the rest as well as six assists in 39 appearances. That’s enough to merit being in the conversation.
Kieran Tierney – Celtic
It’s been another standout season for Tierney and you’d have to expect him to feature in the nominees list given his, and Celtic’s, success. He made the list last year and last out to teammate Scott Sinclair, but probably has a better chance of winning this time due to his improvement and there being no standout candidate for the victory.