Naismith admits award shock

Gers midfielder says Jelavic would have been nominated

Naismith: Nominated for PFA Scotland Player of the Year

Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith admits he is flattered to be shortlisted for the PFA Scottish Player of the Year.

Naismith will go up against Celtic duo Gary Hooper and Emilio Izaguirre and Kilmarnock's Alexei Eremenko for the award.

The 24-year-old Scotland international admits it was an unexpected nomination but claims he is delighted to be in with a shout.

"The word is definitely flattered," he said. "It was unexpected, I didn't really consider myself for it but, now that the nominations have come out, I'm delighted to be here and hopefully I've got a chance of winning it."

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However, Naismith admits being awarded with the prize will mean little should the Gers lose out on the SPL crown.

"It would definitely take a bit of the shine off it," he added.

"Your main goal is the league, followed by the cups, and then personal awards after that.

"There are half a dozen or so games to go and we need to be up for the fight for every one of them."

Naismith also believes team-mate Nikica Jelavic would have been one of the contenders had his debut campaign not been blighted by injury.

"He's crucial, especially after losing Kenny Miller earlier in the season," he remarked.

"I think, if he hadn't got injured through the season, he would probably have been one of the nominees.

"He has shown in the last couple of games the quality he has got and what he can do for the team.

"He can get a goal out of nothing and we are fortunate to have him. He is a big player for us."

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