Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has tipped two Celtic players to be on the shortlist for Scotland’s player of the year nominations, which are set to be announced next week.
The former Hoops striker believes that Scott Brown and James Forrest will be nominated, and that Brown would be a worthy winner of the award.
“If I had a vote I’d give it to Scott Brown…I think his influence on games is massive, James Forrest was my favourite earlier in the season but I think his formed has dipped a little but his form has been really consistent,” he said, whilst appearing on Sky Sports.
The other two players he tips to appear on the four man shortlist are Rangers’ James Tavernier and Hibernian’s John McGinn.
Brown is a previous winner of the award, having been named as the best player in Scotland in 2009.
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Brown now seems to be a firm favourite to be named as Scotland’s player of the year, but this change has only emerged in the last few months, as prior to that it seemed that Forrest was the outstanding candidate. But the performances of Brown in recent weeks, in particular the 3-2 win at Ibrox with 10 men, seems to have tipped the balance in the 32-year-old’s favour. Also, as Walker says, Forrest has ran into a poor spell of form at just the wrong time of the season, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that the Hoops winger has enjoyed the best season of his career for the Bhoys and has been excellent a times this season.
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