James Forrest – Celtic
Forrest has certainly went off the boil slightly of late, not scoring since the start of February, but he’s surely done enough to be in the discussion? Forrest has 16 goals for the season for Celtic, picking up the slack from the inconsistent Sinclair and the injured Patrick Roberts. Add to that a goal in the Betfred Cup Final as well as important European strikes earlier in the campaign and it’s been an influential season for the Scottish winger. If he’d sustained that top form over the last two months then he’d be the clear candidate to win, but his form has allowed others to stake their claim.
Scott McKenna – Aberdeen
Forget about Aberdeen’s shocking Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell for a minute and remind yourself of how good McKenna has looked for the majority of his breakthrough season with the Dons. It’s more likely he’ll be there or thereabouts for the Young Player of the Year award, but his quality probably won’t be lost on the majority of opponents who could vote him into the Player of the Year reckoning. Aberdeen may end up disappointed with this season if they fail to finish second in the Premiership, but at least McKenna is one definite bright spot of the campaign.
John McGinn – Hibs
There’s still a big chance that Hibs could finish this season second in the Premiership and that would just strengthen McGinn’s case for being one of the league’s best players. Has he been one of the top four this season? It’s a difficult one to answer as the television schedule means we don’t see McGinn on a regular basis, but he’s shown up well in the majority of the big games he’s played in and that should go well for him.