Nakamura claims SFWA award
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has been named the Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.
The 28-year-old Japan international claimed the award after an impressive season in which his side claimed the league title and he became the first Japanese player to score in the UEFA Champions League with a stunning free-kick against Manchester United.
Hibs' 21-year-old midfielder Scott Brown was voted Young Scottish Player of the Year, while Gordon Strachan won Manager of the Year for the second time running for masterminding Celtic's success in the league and in Europe.
"This is the 50th anniversary of the Association and we have some exceptional winners in this special year," said SFWA president Jim Black.
"Shunsuke Nakamura has been a pleasure to watch. His two free-kicks against Manchester United in the Champions League and Kilmarnock in the SPL sum him up.
"He can produce moments of brilliance under extreme pressure.
"Scott (Brown) has had a terrific season for Hibs and has also made an impact in Alex McLeish's Scotland team. He is a worthy recipient of our award.
"Gordon Strachan has led Celtic to another championship and the last 16 of the Champions League and deserves to be Manager of the Year once again."