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Assessing the Contenders as Celtic’s Player of the Year Voting Opens

Assessing the Contenders as Celtic’s Player of the Year Voting Opens

Celtic’s Player of the Year voting is underway – and fans will have the opportunity to pick who they believe deserves the top awards this season.

It’s been another memorable one for the Hoops as they’ve picked up the Betfred Cup and are on the verge of adding the league to it too.

They still potentially have the Scottish Cup to add to it, with Aberdeen standing between them and a spot in the final.

If they were to win that it would secure a historic treble treble – and there would be no shortage of contenders for awards at the club and the PFA.

Celtic today announced that Player of the Year voting is underway and have listed the contenders for each award – but here are our contenders:

Player of the Year

James Forrest

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It’s impossible for us to see a situation where Forrest doesn’t get Celtic’s Player of the Year award. He’s been a mainstay under Brendan Rodgers and then Neil Lennon this season, playing 50 times, scoring 14 goals and assisting 13. Not only has he scored and assisted many, he’s popped up with big moments in big games, including a winner against Rangers recently, a late goal to beat Hibs and a goal away at Hearts. It’s been Forrest’s best season in a Celtic shirt and he definitely deserves to be among the contenders.

Callum McGregor

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If Forrest doesn’t get it then it’ll most likely go to McGregor as he’s been another star performer this season. He’s not got as many goals and assists as Forrest, but has contributed in a deeper area of the pitch and played a number of positions too. He’s played 50 games, scored three and set up 10, but has impressed most in the way he’s slotted in to numerous positions in the team, including centre midfield, out wide and left back.

Kristoffer Ajer

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Ajer had his game of the season as Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at the weekend, but he’s been producing strong performances all campaign too. He’s emerged number one centre back with some very decent competition there with the likes of Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Filip Benkovic. Ajer has played 33 times with the majority of his best form coming at the business end of the season. If he can help Celtic to another treble then a large part of that will be down to Ajer’s quality at the back.

Goal of the Season

Tom Rogic v Hibs

Ryan Christie v Hearts

Scott Brown v St Johnstone

James Forrest v Hibs

Young Player of the Year

Kristoffer Ajer

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At just 20, it’s very impressive what Ajer has done for Celtic this season. For the rest, see above.

Odsonne Edouard

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If Edouard hadn’t missed parts of the season through injury then he would undoubtedly be among the Player of the Year contenders. However, he’s only managed to start 33 games and has had to settle for 15 more games off the bench due to injuries. When he has played, though, he’s been brilliant – particularly recently. Edouard has scored five goals and laid on two more in his last seven games, including big goals against Hearts, Motherwell and Rangers.

Kieran Tierney

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Tierney makes the list because there haven’t been many more young players making a big impact this season. Ewan Henderson, Mikey Johnston and Kerr McInroy are the other contenders, but none have made enough of an impact on the first to merit winning this. Tierney has had to sit out a fair bit of this season with injury, but he’s still appeared 36 times for Celtic this season and has done enough to be on this list. It’s just not enough to take the trophy.

Who would you vote for? You can cast your vote here.

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