THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 Celtic star Matt O’Riley leads Gers ace in bid to be SPFL Player of the Year – Shango Media

THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 Celtic star Matt O’Riley leads Gers ace in bid to be SPFL Player of the Year

CELTIC star Matt O’Riley is in the box seat to be named Scotland’s player of the year.

The midfielder’s outstanding early season form saw him come to the attention of Atletico Madrid, who launched a megabucks bid to snap him up in January.

Matt O'Riley has become a big money transfer target


Matt O’Riley has become a big money transfer target

That deal was rebuffed by Hoops chiefs but there’s likely to be further interest in the Danish international this summer.

And being named the top player in the Scottish Premiership would further add to his credentials.

According to O’Riley is a strong favourite to take the award at 11/10 ahead of two Rangers stars and a Hearts striker.

Second place falls to Gers skipper James Tavernier, a man who already has one trophy in the books and hopes to add two more. He’s listed at 2-1.

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Then it’s the turn of prolific striker Lawrence Shankland, a man who has banged in the goals with the Jambos as well as establishing himself with Scotland during this campaign.

Lawrence Shankland has netted 27 times in 40 appearances for the Jambos this season during a sizzling season.

He’s available at 4-1, closely followed in the running by a man in Butland who has had an outstanding first campaign at Ibrox.

He’s got 23 clean sheets in 48 appearances in all competitions for his side, even if he isn’t necessarily overworked each week.

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It is testament to his talents that so many believed he would be in England boss manager Gareth Southgate’s thoughts ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

aomi Rose of  said: “It’s going to be quite a climax to the Scottish Premiership season and the race to be named PFA Scotland Player of the Year is looking like it will be just as tight.

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“Each of the four favourites would be a worthy winner of the award, and there is very little to choose between them. It’s fair to say that there hasn’t been one stand out contender this season.


Matt O’Riley (Celtic) 11/10

James Tavernier (Rangers) 2/1

Lawrence Shankland (Hearts) 4/1

Jack Butland (Rangers) 6/1

Daniel Armstrong (Kilmarnock) 9/1

Liam Scales (Celtic) 12/1

Frankie Kent (Hearts) 14/1

Bojan Miovski (Aberdeen) 16/1

Blair Spittal (Motherwell) 18/1

Abdullah Sima (Rangers) 20/1

Cyril Dessers (Rangers) 22/1

Theo Bair (Motherwell) 25/1

Luke McCowen (Dundee) 28/1

Simon Murray (Ross County) 28/1

Greg Kiltie (St Mirren) 33/1

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