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05 May 2013 23:47:05

Higdon nets player of the year gong

Motherwell striker Michael Higdon has been named PFA Scotland Player of the Year.

Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian, Andrew Shinnie of Inverness and Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn were all in the running although the Hibees' striker, on loan from Wolves, won the young player of the year award thanks to the 27 goals he has scored so far.

The boyhood Hibs fan is looking to reach the 30-mark and finish off the season with a William Hill Scottish Cup final win over Celtic at Hampden later in the month.

He told Press Association Sport: "I am absolutely delighted. 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."

Queen of the South boss Allan Johnston was named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year.

Johnston, whose side were Irn-Bru Second Division winners - the first team in Britain to win their league - and who also won the Ramsdens Cup, beat off the challenge of Inverness boss Terry Butcher, Motherwell's Stuart McCall and Celtic manager Neil Lennon to land the coveted accolade.

Johnston told Press Association Sport of his delight at winning the award, saying: "It is unbelievable. I was delighted to be nominated but to win it is a thrill. When you look at the other guys, Neil Lennon and his exploits in the Champions League, it is amazing.

"Terry Butcher and Stuart McCall have had fantastic seasons as well so even to be mentioned along with these guys, I was honoured."


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