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6th May, 2017 | 10:07am

Chris Sutton claims Derek Johnstone would vote for Rangers flop as Player of the Year

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has claimed that Derek Johnstone would vote for Rangers flop Joe Garner for the PFA Player of the Year award.

The 29-year-old has struggled since moving to Ibrox from English Championship side Preston North End last summer.

Garner was purchased by former Gers boss Mark Warburton but he has struggled for form throughout the season.

The versatile attacker has found the back of the net on only eight occasions in all competitions, picking up more yellow cards (10) than goals scored.

Former Celtic striker Sutton, who won the PFA Player of the Year award during his time at Parkhead, was going through the famous lists of names to have won the award.

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“You look at the names on the PFA list over the years and there are some great players on there,” Sutton told the Daily Record.

“Charlie Nicholas, Willie Miller, Andy Goram, Brian Laudrup, Henrik Larsson, yours truly… it’s not a bad list.

“Even my old pal Derek Johnstone is on there. Too right, he was a great player in his day.

“Derek would have probably voted for Joey Garner, mind you, but I don’t think most sensible folk would have too many complaints if Scott Sinclair or Moussa Dembele won it this year.”

For this Scottish Premiership season, there is no surprise to see Celtic dominate the PFA Player of the Year award list.

Bhoys trio Stuart Armstong, Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele have been named alongside Aberdeen’s Jonny Haze for the main prize.

There was some controversy when Celtic midfielder Scott Brown missed out on a nomination, but he was named in the Team of the Year alongside Armsontong in the midfield.

Both Sinclair and Dembele were summer signings by Brendan Rodgers, with the duo scoring the bulk of the club’s goals this term.

Striker Dembele arrived on a free transfer after leaving Fulham while Sinclair made the switch from Aston Villa.

In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha has made a move for this Argentine ace as his overhaul gets underway. 

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