Double delight for Maloney

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Shaun Maloney has made a bit of history by becoming the first player to be named both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by his peers in Scotland.

The Celtic forward has had a superb season for the Parkhead giants, with the 23-year-old's efforts playing a huge part in the club regaining the SPL title.

Maloney's consistent excellence earned him nominations in both categories and he was taken aback to land the prizes at an awards ceremony in Glasgow.

"It's not been done before so it's a big honour and I feel quite proud," said Maloney.

"I only found out today that I had won the young player award as well.

"There is no better accolade than to be voted for by your peers and it does mean a lot to me.

"It's been a tremendous season for the team and I just feel privileged to be part of that team."

Maloney's future was in doubt at the start of the season and he has paid tribute to Gordon Strachan for handing him a chance to shine.

"At the start of the season I didn't know what was happening and he gave me the opportunity to play," he said.

"If I played well, he would stick with me. If not, I'd be straight back out of the team.

"But, as a manager, I've got a lot to thank him for this season."