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Rangers land SPL awards hat-trick

Walter Smith and Carlos Cuellar
Walter Smith and Carlos Cuellar picked up awards for Rangers

Rangers have scooped three honours in the inaugural Clydesdale Bank Premier League Awards in Glasgow.

Walter Smith was named Manager of the Season, while Ibrox defender Carlos Cuellar was presented with the Player of the Season award.

Celtic's Aiden McGeady won Young Player of the Season and Dundee United's Willo Flood picked up Goal of the Season for his December strike against St Mirren.

Rangers were also presented with the Best Matchday Hospitality award.

In his first full season since returning to Rangers last January, Smith helped steer Rangers to a CIS Cup Final triumph and has kept the club at the top of the Scottish Premier League with eight games remaining.

Earlier in the season, Smith picked up three Manager of the Month awards while maintaining fruitful runs in the Uefa Cup and Scottish Cup.

Cuellar arrived in Glasgow from Spanish club Osasuna last summer and has been an integral part of Rangers' season.

He has featured in every league game and has helped the Ibrox side secure 14 clean sheets in the SPL.

McGeady's tireless work on the pitch for Celtic earned him the Young Player of the Year award.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored seven league goals for Gordon Strachan's side so far this season, including a hat-trick against Falkirk in December.

His display during the 5-1 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in February to set up a goal for Scott McDonald was enough to convince the panel of Scottish football experts.

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady has been in superb form for Celtic

Flood's goal against St Mirren on 15 December singled him out for Goal of the Season.

The powering drive rounded off a 3-0 victory for Dundee United and helped cement their place in the top six of the SPL.

Lex Gold, executive chairman of the SPL, said the awards recognised the skills of the SPL's best players, and also rewarded the people behind the scenes at clubs throughout Scotland's top-flight.

"These awards reflect the good work being done both on and off the field," said Gold.

"Walter Smith, Carlos Cuellar and Aiden McGeady have recently deserved their success."

Ten awards were presented in total on the evening, including Under 19 League Player of the Season, Best Away Ground, Best Club Media Relations, Best Fan Initiative and Best Community Initiative.


The full list of awards:

Player of the Season - Carlos Cuellar (Rangers)

Manager of the Season - Walter Smith (Rangers)

Young Player of the Season - Aiden McGeady (Celtic)

Goal of the Season - Willo Flood (Dundee United)

Under-19 League Player of the Season - Scott Anson (Kilmarnock)

Best Club Media Relations - Kilmarnock

Best Fan Initiative - Heart of Midlothian

Best Matchday Hospitality Package - Rangers

Best Community Initiative - Falkirk

Best Away Ground - Tynecastle Stadium (Heart of Midlothian)


see also
Smith earns March manager award
06 Apr 08 |  Rangers
Aberdeen 1-5 Celtic
10 Feb 08 |  Scottish Premier
St Mirren 0-3 Dundee United
15 Dec 07 |  Scottish Premier
Cuellar wins first monthly award
01 Sep 07 |  Rangers


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