Celtic left back Emilio Izaguirre has been named as the Player’s Player of the Year at an awards bash at the weekend. The Honduran international has been a consistent performer throughout his first season in the SPL, and his peers felt that he was worthy of said accolade.
Izaguirre joined Celtic in August on a four-year deal for a nominal fee from Honduras outfit Motagua, and his performances for Celtic have seen him attract a number of top suitors from the English Premier League. With some pundits comparing him to former Rangers full back Alan Hutton and stating that he could command a similar fee to Hutton, if he is sold by the Parkhead side.
However Izaguirre has intimated his desire to stay at Celtic for the foreseeable future and to play in Europe with Neil Lennon’s side.
He held off the challenge of team-mate Gary Hooper, Rangers’ Steven Naismith and Kilmarnock’s Alexei Eremenko to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
Johan Mjallby said of Izaguirre, “Emilio has probably been the signing of the season and it’s brilliant for him to win. He has been absolutely marvellous. He is maybe not the best left-back in the world, but he is up there. I think this boy has every chance to be one of the best in the world.”
Meanwhile Dundee United striker David Goodwillie was named as SPFA Young Player of the Year, and his performances have seen him linked with a move to Rangers as well as England. However the Tannadice club have been smart to sign him up for another year, only if it sees them command a higher fee than they would have if sold in the summer.
The Manager of the Year award was won by Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn, despite the Kirkcaldy side missing out on promotion to the SPL. However there was a bit of criticism from some fans who felt that Dundee’s Barry Smith deserved the accolade, given the performances he has got out of Dundee during the team where they were handed a points deduction, prevented from signing any players as well as an unbeaten run that saw them reach mid-table despite the punishments dished out.
And it was a double celebration for Raith Rovers as Forward John Baird was named First Division Player of the Year. The Second Division Player of the Year went to Brechin City striker Rory McAllister and Arbroath midfielder Gavin Swankie picked up the Third Division Player of the Year award.
Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic won Goal of the Season with his overhead kick against Aberdeen in the league match at Pittodrie, which one the game for the Ibrox side.