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Brown wins Player of Year award

Scott Brown
Brown has played a starring role for Celtic and Scotland this season

Scott Brown has been rewarded for his performances in the engine room of the Celtic midfield by being named the PFA Scotland Player of the Year.

Hamilton's James McCarthy won the Young Player of the Year award, while Gordon Strachan was named Manager of the Year.

Livingston's Leigh Griffiths, Ayr's Bryan Prunty and Albion Rovers' Bobby Barr won the First, Second and Third Division awards respectively.

A Pedro Mendes strike for Rangers at Celtic Park was Goal of the Season.

Mendes had been nominated for the Players' Player of the Year award along with team-mate Steven Davis and Celtic's Gary Caldwell.

However, it was Brown who won the most votes from his fellow professionals, having rediscovered the sort of driving form that attracted Gordon Strachan to sign him from Hibernian for around £4.4m in May 2007.

Consolation for Portuguese playmaker Mendes was recognition for his 25-yard piledriver in the 4-2 win for Rangers at Celtic Park in August 2008.

Strachan, winning the Manager of the Year award for the second time, has led Celtic to the Co-operative Insurance Cup this season and his team are a point ahead of rivals Rangers at the top of the Premier League.



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see also
Old Firm to contest player award
15 Apr 09 |  Scottish Premier
Brown deflated over Old Firm ban
16 Apr 09 |  Celtic
Celtic 2-4 Rangers
31 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier
McCarthy, Easton attract interest
28 Feb 09 |  Hamilton
McCarthy nets young player award
06 Jan 09 |  Internationals
McGeady wins Player of Year award
20 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier
McCarthy picks up Young Player award
04 May 09 |  Scotland


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