PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year

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PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year
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Henrik Larsson won the award twice
Awarded forThe outstanding player in each given Scottish football season
CountryScotland
Presented by PFA Scotland
First awarded1978
Last awarded2021
Player of the Year James Tavernier
Most awardsTwo players (2)

The Professional Footballers' Association Scotland Players' Player of the Year (often called the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, or simply the Scottish Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in Scottish football. [1] The award has been presented since the 1977–78 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association Scotland (PFA Scotland). [2] The award was formerly known as the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year, but was renamed after the SPFA merged with the (English) Professional Footballers' Association to become PFA Scotland.

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The first winner of the award was Rangers striker Derek Johnstone, and the first non-Scottish winner was Aberdeen goalkeeper Theo Snelders eleven years later. As of 2021, only Henrik Larsson and Scott Brown have won the award on more than one occasion. Although there is a separate PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, young players remain eligible to win the senior award, and in the 2005–06 season Shaun Maloney became the first player to win both awards in the same season, a feat repeated by Aiden McGeady two years later.

A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of PFA Scotland's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in Glasgow a few days later. [3] The award is regarded by the players themselves as extremely prestigious, with John Hartson commenting in 2005 that "the award means a lot because it's voted by your fellow professionals" [4] and Shaun Maloney stating in 2006 that "there is no better accolade than to be voted for by your peers and it does mean a lot to me". [5] In 2007 the SPFA was replaced by a new body, PFA Scotland, [6] but the new organisation's awards are considered to be a direct continuation of the SPFA awards. [7] [8]

Winners

The award has been presented on 43 occasions as of 2021, with two players sharing the award on one occasion (200405). [9] There have been 42 different winners, with Henrik Larsson and Scott Brown being the only players to have won the award more than once. The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in Scottish football, namely the Scottish Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (SFWA), [10] and the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award (SYPY). [9]

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Ally McCoist was the 1992 winner.
In 2018, Scott Brown became the second player to win the award twice. 1-Scott Brown.jpg
In 2018, Scott Brown became the second player to win the award twice.
James Forrest won the award in 2019, the sixth consecutive Celtic player to be named Player of the Year. 20170701 SK Rapid Wien vs Celtic FC 1554.jpg
James Forrest won the award in 2019, the sixth consecutive Celtic player to be named Player of the Year.
SeasonNatPlayerClubNotesRef
1977–78 Flag of Scotland.svg Derek Johnstone Rangers Also won the SFWA award. First player to win SPFA and SFWA awards in the same season.
1978–79 Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Hegarty Dundee United
1979–80 Flag of Scotland.svg Davie Provan Celtic
1980–81 Flag of Scotland.svg Mark McGhee Aberdeen
1981–82 Flag of Scotland.svg Sandy Clark Airdrieonians
1982–83 Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Nicholas Celtic Also won the SFWA award.
1983–84 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Miller Aberdeen Also won the SFWA award
1984–85 Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Duffy Morton [11]
1985–86 Flag of Scotland.svg Richard Gough Dundee United
1986–87 Flag of Scotland.svg Brian McClair Celtic Also won the SFWA award
1987–88 Flag of Scotland.svg Paul McStay Celtic Also won the SFWA award [12]
1988–89 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theo Snelders Aberdeen First winner of the award from outside the United Kingdom
1989–90 Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Bett Aberdeen
1990–91 Flag of England.svg Paul Elliott Celtic
1991–92 Flag of Scotland.svg Ally McCoist Rangers Also won the SFWA award
1992–93 Flag of Scotland.svg Andy Goram Rangers Also won the SFWA award
1993–94 Flag of England.svg Mark Hateley Rangers Also won the SFWA award
1994–95 Flag of Denmark.svg Brian Laudrup Rangers Also won the SFWA award
1995–96 Flag of England.svg Paul Gascoigne Rangers Also won the SFWA award
1996–97 Flag of Italy.svg Paolo Di Canio Celtic
1997–98 Flag of Scotland.svg Jackie McNamara Celtic
1998–99 Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Larsson Celtic Also won the SFWA award
1999–00 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Viduka Celtic First winner of the award from outside Europe
2000–01 Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Larsson Celtic First two-time winner of the award. Also won the SFWA award.
2001–02 Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Amoruso Rangers
2002–03 Flag of Scotland.svg Barry Ferguson Rangers Also won the SFWA award
2003–04 Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Celtic
2004–05 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Fernando Ricksen (joint winner) Rangers
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Hartson (joint winner) Celtic Also won the SFWA award
2005–06 Flag of Scotland.svg Shaun Maloney Celtic Also won the SYPY award. First player to win both PFA Scotland awards in the same season.
2006–07 Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura Celtic Also won the SFWA award
2007–08 Flag of Ireland.svg Aiden McGeady Celtic Also won the SYPY award [13]
2008–09 Flag of Scotland.svg Scott Brown Celtic [14]
2009–10 Ulster Banner.svg Steven Davis Rangers [15]
2010–11 Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg Emilio Izaguirre Celtic Also won the SFWA award [16]
2011–12 Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Mulgrew Celtic Also won the SFWA award [17]
2012–13 Flag of England.svg Michael Higdon Motherwell [18]
2013–14 Flag of Scotland.svg Kris Commons Celtic Also won the SFWA award [19]
2014–15 Flag of Norway.svg Stefan Johansen Celtic [20]
2015–16 Flag of Scotland.svg Leigh Griffiths Celtic Also won the SFWA award [21]
2016–17 Flag of England.svg Scott Sinclair Celtic Also won the SFWA award [22]
2017–18 Flag of Scotland.svg Scott Brown Celtic Also won the SFWA award [23] [24]
2018–19 Flag of Scotland.svg James Forrest Celtic Also won the SFWA award [25]
2019–20 N/AN/AN/ADue to the COVID-19 pandemic, PFA Scotland cancelled their awards for the 2019–20 season. [26]
2020–21 Flag of England.svg James Tavernier Rangers [27] [28]

Breakdown of winners

Winners by country

CountryNumber of winsWinning seasons
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
23
1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 201819
Flag of England.svg England
7
1990–91, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2003–04, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2020–21
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
2
1988–89, 2004–05 (shared)
Flag of Italy.svg Italy
2
1996–97, 2001–02
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
2
1998–99, 2000–01
Flag of Norway.svg Norway
1
2014–15
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg Honduras
1
2010–11
Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland
1
2009–10
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
1
2007–08
Flag of Japan.svg Japan
1
2006–07
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales
1
2004–05 (shared)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
1
1999–00
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
1
1994–95

Winners by club

ClubNumber of winsWinning seasons
Celtic
24
1979–80, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05 (shared), 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 201819
Rangers
11
1977–78, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05 (shared), 2009–10, 2020–21
Aberdeen
4
1980–81, 1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90
Dundee United
2
1978–79, 1985–86
Motherwell
1
2012–13
Greenock Morton
1
1984–85
Airdrieonians
1
1981–82

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