Season 2012-13 has been a season of remarkable highs for some clubs and remarkable lows for others. For almost every award there are plenty of candidates but I feel the ones I’ve picked are the most deserving.
SPL Manager of the year – Derek Adams
Who would have predicted Ross County would finish in the top half this season? Even making a push for Europe? Back in January they were still in 11th place. But a number of excellent signings have complemented the already talented squad in Dingwall and the club have pushed on since then. Adams deserves huge amounts of credit for the job done and he spoke about this season in an interview which will be published on Scotzine in the next few days.
SPL Player of the Year – Michael Higdon
I think the award has to go to Michael Higdon this year. Whether you think he is simply a target man or not you can’t argue with a remarkable return of 24 goals this season that looks to have given him the top scorer award. The first time a player from outside the Old Firm has won the golden boot outright since Tommy Coyne of Motherwell with 16 goals in 1994-95. Higdon is also now 8th in the all-time SPL top scorer list with 71 goals and only two behind Nacho Novo. If he replicates this seasons form again next year he could move up to third in the all-time list as he is only 24 goals off Derek Riordan.
SPL Young Player of the Year – Aaron Doran
The Inverness youngster is often overshadowed by his teammate Andrew Shinnie. But his contribution to his team is equally important. This season he is joint top of the assists chart with 12 and has been vital to his side securing the third place spot. Doran has also chipped in with two goals but he is mainly a creative player. Still only 21 but he will be in the limelight as Inverness’ key man next year after Shinnie departs for Birmingham.
SPL Flop of the Year – Miku
There’s not much that needs said here I don’t think. The Venezuelan just hasn’t adapted to Scottish football. He clearly has ability as shown by two good performances in Europe but whatever the reason he just can’t cut it domestically. 2 goals in 11 appearances is not very impressive for a forward supposedly worth £5million who has over 40 caps for his country.
SFL Manager of the Year – Ian Murray
When Ian Murray took over Dumbarton were bottom of the league with only 5 points from 11 matches. Despite having no managerial experience, he took his rag-tag group of plumbers, postmen, students and other stereotypical part-time football player jobs. Not only has he saved them from relegation but he also looks to have kept them away from the relegation play-off place as they are 6 points ahead of both Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline with two games to go.
SFL Player of the Year – Chris Erskine
Chris Erskine is simply an amazing player. There are a few others in the division who are so clearly superior to everyone else in the league. Erskine can do just about everything and is one of the Jags’ top scorers while at the same time has dazzled and in nearly every match he plays. He will be a big loss for the club when he moves to Dundee United next year but is one player who definitely deserves the chance to showcase his talents on a bigger stage.
SFL Young Player of the Year – Nicky Clark
There are plenty of players in the First Division who have been exceptional this year but I’m looking one league below to Nicky Clark of Queen of the South when I pick my YPOTY. 35 goals in 41 games is a ridiculous record for the 21-year-old and his goals are on of the key thins that propelled the Dumfries side to both the Second Division and Ramsden Cup trophies. He is another who deserves a step-up next season and it surely won’t be long until he’s in either the SPL or English Championship.
SFL Flop of the Year – Ally McCoist
With the amount of money spent Rangers should certainly have a better squad than they do now. McCoist has splashed out a lot on numerous players who have almost all been abjectly awful. Even though he didn’t do well in the transfer market McCoist still has a very good squad at his disposal with some players earning more than the rest of the division combined. To be knocked out of every competition they played in and to have struggled so badly in the league is just inexcusable.
Most Memorable moment of Season 2012-2013 – Rangers in the Third Division
It’s difficult to leave out Celtic beating Barcelona. But season 2012-13 will always be remembered as the one where Rangers were in the Third Division. Fans of every club will still be talking about this for years to come. And this is definitely an occasion when the cliche of telling your grand kids about something is applicable.