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Last Updated: Monday, 25 April, 2005, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Hartson and Ricksen share award
The two winners put the day's rivalries behind them
The two winners put the day's rivalries behind them
Celtic striker John Hartson and Rangers midfielder Fernando Ricksen have been voted joint winners of the Scottish PFA's player of the year award.

Hartson has scored 28 goals to lead Celtic to the brink of the Bank of Scotland Premier League title.

Ibrox utility player Ricksen has successfully switched from defence to midfield this season.

The Dutch international's creative talents helped Rangers win the CIS Insurance Cup final in March.

It is the first time in the 28-year history of the Scottish Players' Union that the award has been shared.

Hartson told Sky Sports: "The award means a lot because it's voted by your fellow professionals - and to share it with a player of Fernando's quality means an awful lot to me.

"To score the goals I've got is pleasing because we lost our talisman Henrik Larsson - who was phenomenal to us - for this season.

"But I've had luck and managed to stay injury-free - and the manager (Martin O'Neill) has stuck by me and given me a great run in the side."

Hartson admitted the arrival of Wales international strike partner Craig Bellamy on loan from Newcastle has helped his cause.

"Craig gives any team something different - he causes anyone problems with his pace and he is intelligent and makes clever runs. It's been a good move for him and us - he's really come on as a player."

Hibs' striker Derek Riordan was named young player of the year after a tremendous season in which he has helped his team to the brink of Uefa Cup qualification.

Russell Latapy was voted top player by his peers in the First Division after guiding Falkirk to the league title and promotion to the SPL.

Brechin City striker Steven Hampshire took the Second Division award, while David Bingham of Gretna won in the Third Division.


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