Another Scottish Premiership season is over, bringing us goals, hard tackles, amazing games and loads of crazy entertainment.
Despite the stick the game takes, the 2017/18 season has been one to remember for a load of different reasons.
But the players, in particular, deserve enormous credit for what they’ve contributed to the game.
Stars like Scott Brown, Alfredo Morelos, Graeme Shinnie and John McGinn will take credit for leading their teams from the front.
However, we believe there are plenty who are very underrated and deserve recognition on this list.
Here are the seven most underrated players in the Scottish Premiership this season:
Dylan McGeouch – Hibs
It’s easy leading with McGeouch considering just how good he’s been for Hibs this season. Hibs fans won’t underrate him, but the rest of Scotland appears to when McGinn and Scott Allan receive more attention for their impressive performances. He makes things tick in the Hibees midfield, as shown with his flawless performance against Rangers at the weekend. McGeouch made 42 appearances for Neil Lennon’s men this season – his most consistent run ever in one campaign – and if he can hit those sort of numbers going forward then he’ll be a huge player for both club and country.
Kyle Lafferty – Hearts
Say what you like about Lafferty, but he’s coped well with the pressure of being Hearts’ main man this season and has returned them 19 goals in 43 appearances. That is a fantastic return for the Northern Irishman and should be what people focus on rather than the controversial aspects of his game. Craig Levein will hope to keep the core of his squad this summer – but Lafferty has to be the most important player to retain.
Callum McGregor – Celtic
McGregor was nowhere to be seen in the Celtic Player of the Year awards and was likewise ignored when it came to the PFA Awards – but we were surprised by that considering just how important he’s been for Brendan Rodgers this season. He scored 11 goals in 54 appearances this term, including strikes against Rangers, Zenit, Bayern Munich, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock. When it comes to big games, McGregor gets the nod and that won’t change in the Scottish Cup Final this weekend. Ask Rodgers to pinpoint his most important players right now and we’re certain he’d answer with McGregor’s name.
Stephen O’Donnell – Kilmarnock
We can’t be the only ones surprised that Alex McLeish ignored O’Donnell in his latest Scotland squad? Or maybe we are – as not many speak about just how good the Killie right back has been this season. The 26-year-old played 44 times this season, scoring four times and laying on five for his teammates. He’s another who is rated highly by his manager as well as the club’s fans, but the rest of Scotland still aren’t aware of quite how good he is.
Michael Smith – Hearts
With a lot of chopping and changing at Tynecastle this season, Smith has been among the constants for Hearts. A dependable right back who has contributed massively to the Jambos’ quality defensive record, particularly since the arrival of Levein, Smith is a fans’ favourite and should continue to be an important player for them in the coming seasons.
Richard Tait – Motherwell
Just how has Tait not made it into the most recent Scotland squads? He’s been sensational for the Steelmen this season, consistently played by Stephen Robinson and contributing massively to their runs to the League Cup and Scottish Cup Finals. We’d actually go as far as saying that Motherwell might be worried about keeping the full-back if he continues to play as well as he has this season.
Andrew Considine – Aberdeen
Considine is no stranger to Scottish football, given he’s been at Aberdeen for 14 years. But this season has been a continuation of consistently quality performances for the Dons and it’s about time he got recognition for what he contributes to Derek McInnes’ side. Would it be that shocking if he ended up in the Scotland squad? Probably as we are blessed with quality in that position. But if we didn’t have Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson or Barry Douglas then Considine could be in the mix. Considine will be a Dons legend, but he’s another who probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves from the whole of Scottish football.