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Caldwell is writers' top player

Celtic defender Gary Caldwell
Caldwell was also on the shortlist for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year

Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has been named the Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year.

The 27-year-old made it a Celtic double in the awards this year after midfielder Scott Brown was voted the top player by his fellow professionals.

Caldwell has won over the Celtic fans with his displays this season and he vowed to get better.

The Scotland defender said: "I think I can still improve. I feel as fit as I've ever felt."

Caldwell, who has often also been used as a holding midfielder by Celtic and Scotland, has had his critics even among his club's supporters but has had an excellent season.

"They do say that, nearer to 30, as a centre-back, the experience you've gained over the years can help you," said the player who began his career with Newcastle United along with brother Steven, now with Burnley, and joined Celtic on freedom of contract after leaving Hibernian almost three years ago.

"I feel I've got better every year and that's what you have to do.


"This is the challenge I have - not to make any mistakes and remain true to myself as a ball-playing centre-half but cut out the small mistakes that were maybe stopping me from winning trophies and playing in big games. I think I've done that."

Caldwell was also on the four-man shortlist for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award won by Brown, while Celtic's Gordon Strachan won the manager's prize.

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see also
Brown wins Player of Year award
04 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Caldwell makes case for defence
18 Mar 09 |  Internationals

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