AFTER scoring the opening goal in the final derby match of the season, Charlie Mulgrew celebrated in the best possible way by scooping the Celtic Player of the Year award, sponsored by McEwan Fraser Legal, on Sunday night at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.
The big defender had been a key player in Celtic’s 43rd championship title by scoring vital goals, assisting with other crucial strikes and, of course, helping to keep things tight at the back as well as filling out in a variety of other roles. And he also scooped the Players´ Player of the Year Award, sponsored by The Kitchen Depot.
The Young Player of the Year award, sponsored by MEV, was snapped up by James Forrest, another performer who has been essential to the Hoops’ march to the title after a string of scintillating displays over the course of this season and being the prime advert for Celtic’s Youth Academy output.
Another youngster who epitomises the value of Celtic’s Youth Academy is Dylan McGeouch and, despite some first-class competition from Celts further up the ladder, the teenager’s outstanding Paradise debut will be even more memorable now as his magnificent solo strike in the 5-0 win over St Mirren was voted by the supporters as the Goal of the Season, sponsored by Tennent´s.
Another Celt who found the net in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Rangers has picked up the Top Scorer award, sponsored by Ladbrokes, as Gary Hooper’s excellent third goal was his 24th of the season and there are still three more games for him to add to his tally.
After the events of the last few months, Glasgow is definitely green and white and the same could be said of Nairobi in Kenya and Kibera Celtic have been presented with this year’s Special Recognition award, sponsored by Scottish Leader.
The team has been founded in slum on the outskirts of Nairobi and very much follows the template of Celtic’s birth in the East End of Glasgow in 1888 in a bid to combat hunger and poverty in one of the most needy areas in the world.