Bhoys trio vying for award
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic players dominate the shortlist for the SPFA Player of the Year award.
Celtic players dominate the shortlist for the SPFA Player of the Year award, with Lee Naylor, Shunsuke Nakamura and Artur Boruc being joined by Aberdeen's Russell Anderson in the running for the prize.
The Bhoys are on the brink of retaining the SPL title and their supremacy on the domestic scene has been reflected in the shortlist of four players for the prestigious end-of-season award.
Polish keeper Boruc and Japanese midfielder Nakamura have both shined consistently, at home and in the UEFA Champions League, during their second seasons in Scottish football.
Defender Naylor only joined The Bhoys in the summer but his impressive displays have already led to calls for international recognition under England boss Steve McClaren.
Aberdeen skipper Anderson is the only Scot on the list and has been recognised for his role in helping The Dons challenge Rangers for second place in the SPL.
Celtic also have a nominee in the SPFA Young Player of the Year award in the shape of Aiden McGeady, and the winger will go up against Hibernian midfielder Scott Brown, Rangers starlet Charlie Adam and Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith.
Shaun Maloney - now of Aston Villa - won both awards last season after a superb campaign with Celtic, and his successors will be announced on 22nd April.