Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney win PFA Scotland player awards
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 02/05/16 10:31am
Celtic scooped a player-of-the-year double at the PFA Scotland end-of-season awards, with Leigh Griffiths taking the main prize and Kieran Tierney taking the young player title.
Striker Griffiths has scored 39 goals for Celtic this season as they have closed in on a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title.
He beat Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes and Dundee duo Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart to the prize and is the 10th Celtic player to win the award in the past 12 seasons.
The Hoops' 18-year-old left-back Tierney, who has made 32 appearances in his first season in senior football, made it a double for the club by picking up the Young Player of the Year award.
Tierney was the only top-flight candidate up against Rangers' Barrie McKay as well as Hibs pair Jason Cummings and John McGinn, but he was the stand-out performer.
The Isle of Man-born teenager has been a virtual ever-present in Ronnie Deila's line-up since ousting Honduras international Emilio Izaguirre from the left-back slot last December, with his contribution even earning him a first Scotland cap in March's 1-0 friendly victory over Denmark.
He said: "It's a feeling that's just so hard to describe. The amount of games I've played has surprised me and the big games I've played in has surprised me.
"A lot has surprised me this year and it's been great to make a big jump."