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Nakamura lands award

23 April 2007 08:39
Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura has been named as the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year after helping the Bhoys clinch the SPL title by scoring a last-gasp winner at Kilmarnock. The Japan international beat off competition from team-mates Artur Boruc and Lee Naylor, and Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson to land the award. Nakamura said: "I'm very pleased, but this isn't something you can get on your own - it's down to the whole team and also the supporters. "All the players deserved to get this award. For example, a player like Neil Lennon is not really in the limelight but he is so important in the background and without players like him we wouldn't have our style of play." Celtic's Gordon Strachan picked up the manager of the year prize and Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith won the young player award.

Source: ESA