Hartson named SPL's best
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic striker John Hartson has been named the SFWA Player of the Year.Celtic striker John Hartson has picked up another personal accolade after being named the Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.
Hartson shared the SPFA Player of the Year award with Fernando Ricksen but pipped the Rangers midfielder to the writers' honour.
The Wales international has scored 28 goals for The Bhoys this term and fended off competition from Ricksen and Hearts ace Paul Hartley to land the writers' prize.
The powerful forward's all-round contribution to the Celtic cause was highlighted as the prime factor in the decision to name him Scotland's best.
"Hartson epitomises the modern-day professional with his total contribution on the field," said SFWA president Jim Black.
"He has also scored many important goals this season for Celtic and he is a worthy winner."
There was a double celebration for Hibernian as Tony Mowbray collected the Manager of the Year award and Derek Riordan was the Young Player of the Year.
Mowbray has turned Hibs into the third best team in the SPL this term and proved his credentials by masterminding a 3-1 away win at Celtic on Saturday.
Black commented: "Tony has worked wonders in difficult circumstances. He has set high standards in his first managerial job and no one can argue with this choice."
Riordan had already been honoured by his fellow professionals and his 22 goals for Hibs this season saw him lauded by the critics.
"Derek is a real emerging talent and has scored some spectacular goals again," continued Black. "This has been the right choice for this award."