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PFA Scotland 2015 awards: Hughes manager of the year

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This season’s PFA Scotland awards, held at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow, drew the great and the good of Scottish Football into the ballroom of the Five Star hotel.

With four weeks of the season still to play the awards were dished out and there wasn’t really many surprises other than possibly manager of the year.

After guiding his side to their first ever Scottish Cup Final [in a controversial semi final win over Premiership champions Celtic]and sitting in third place in the league, Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has been named as PFA Scotland manager of the yea.

The 50-year-old beat last year’s winner Derek McInnes, Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson and Celtic manager Ronny Deila – who won the Premiership title and League Cup in his debut season in Scotland.

Despite missing out on manager of the year, Celtic picked up the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

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Midfielder Stefan Johansen was named the PFA Scotland player of the year after an impressive season for Celtic, in which he has scored 12 goals and picked up the Premiership and League Cup winners medal.

He had been nominated alongside Celtic team mate Virgil van Dijk, Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney and Dundee’s Greg Stewart.

On loan Manchester City defender Jason Denayer picked up the young player of the year award, fending off fellow nominees Inverness Caley’s Ryan Christie and Hearts duo Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker.

The 19-year-old slotted into Celtic’s defence and fully deserved the plaudits that came his way as he starred alongside Dutchman Virgil van Dijk.

18-year=old Stevie Mallan won goal of the season for his wondergoal in the 3-1 win over Dundee in December. It was also the St.Mirren youngster’s first goal in senior football and what a way to open your account.

Into the Championship, and Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan picked up Championship PFA player of the year. The 23-year-old has been an integral part of Alan Stubbs’ side which finished in second place fending off Rangers on the final day of the season.

Morton striker Declan McManus, on loan from Aberdeen, won League One player of the year having bagged 23 goals this season, while Arbroath’s Bobby Linn scooped the League Two player of the year award.

A merit award was handed to Queens Park’s Jordan Moore, who had been battling skin cancer.

What do you think of the award winners? Do you think someone else deserved to win or were they correct?

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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