Hibs' Leigh Griffiths lands SPFA Young Player of the Year award

06 May 2013 06:04
LG lands another gong

Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has been named the SPFA Young Player of the Year 2012/13.

The 22-year-old landed the gong after landing the most votes from his fellow pros.

Griffiths has hit 27 goals, so far, in what has been an outstanding season with the Hibees, and has helped send the club back to Hampden for a second Scottish Cup Final in a row, against Celtic on Sunday 27th May 2013.

The former Livingston and Dundee striker is currently in his second loan spell at Easter Road from newly relegated League One side Wolves.

Griffiths was also nominated for the Player of the Year award, but lost out to excellent Motherwell striker Michael Higdon.

Griffiths said:

"I am absolutely delighted," he added. "It has capped off a dream season for me.

"I was very nervous listening to the nominations and when my name got called out my stomach kind of fell out of me but I am delighted to get the award.

"I was handed the number nine shirt, something I had been dreaming about since I was a little boy and I have scored 27 goals and now I want to get 30 and try to win the Scottish Cup.

"It is going to be a hard game. Celtic aren't the champions for no reason, they don't go and beat the world's best team (Barcelona) if you are not a good team yourself but we are capable of beating them.

"We have proved that this season already and hopefully we can do that on the day."

Source: Hibees-Mad