Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has tipped two Hoops players to be on the shortlist for Scotland’s player of the year nominations, which nomination is set to be announced next week.
The ex-Celtic striker believes that Scott Brown and James Forrest will be on the nomination list, and the former would be a worthy winner of the award.
Walker, whilst appearing on Sky Sports said:
“If I had a vote I’d give it to Scott Brown…I think his influence on games is massive, James Forrest was my favourite earlier in the season but I think his formed has dipped a little but his form has been really consistent.”
The other two players Walker’s tipping to appear on the four man shortlist are Rangers’ James Tavernier and Hibernian’s John McGinn.
Scott Brown is a the title previous winner of the award, having been named as the best player in Scotland back in 2009.
Brown now seems to be a firm favourite to be named as for the award this year, but this change has only emerged in the last few months, as as prior to that it seemed that Forrest was the outstanding candidate. But the performances of Brown in recent weeks, in particular the 3-2 win at Ibrox with 10 men, seems to have tipped the balance in the 32-year-old’s favour.
Also, as Walker says, Forrest has ran into a poor spell of form at just the wrong time of the season, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that the Hoops winger has enjoyed the best season of his career for the Bhoys and has been excellent a times this season.