Despite a slump in form in recent weeks, Celtic winger James Forrest is more than deserving of his nomination to be named as Scotland’s player of the year.

The 26-year-old took his place on the shortlist – which was revealed on PFA Scotland’s official Twitter account – alongside team-mate Scott Brown, Hibernian’s John McGinn and Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd.

Brown will be favourite for the award, but at times this season Forrest almost carried the Hoops on his back, such was his excellent form.

In the first-half of the season he was the best player in Scotland by a mile, a he played with a confidence that he had rarely shown before in all his years with the Hoops.

This was shown in the number of goals scored – previously having never reached double figures in a season, he turned into a goal machine, scoring 17 so far this season and he is still the Hoops’ second top scorer, one behind Scott Sinclair.

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The Hoops’ season has really been a tale of two players – Brown and Forrest, with each one becoming hugely influential at different times of the season.

Whilst Forrest has fallen out of form recently, Brown has put the team on his back, and is driving the Hoops to a potential second successive domestic treble.

For his form in the first-half of the season alone, Forrest more than deserves his nomination, and hopefully he can recapture his very best performances in the last few weeks of the year.

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