Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Celtic star Caldwell scores double

Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has scooped an awards double after being named Clydesdale Bank Premier League Player of the Season.

The Scotland centre-back collected the honour on Monday - a day after being given the Scottish Football Writers’ award.

Csaba Laszlo collected the manager of the season award at a dinner in Glasgow last night after keeping Hearts in the top three for much of the campaign.

Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher won the young player award to go with the same prize from his fellow professionals.

The 22-year-old has scored 12 SPL goals for Hibernian so far this season, and netted his first goal for Scotland in the 2-1 victory over Iceland last month.

Caldwell welcomed the award but he admitted he will have his worst season as a Celtic player unless his team overturn their two-point deficit on Rangers in the final three games. Celtic face Dundee United at Parkhead tonight after slipping two points behind their Old Firm rivals following a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Sean Welsh won the under-19 player award after captaining Hibernian to a league and cup double and both Motherwell and Rangers scooped two awards.

Motherwell were recognised for their media relations and community initiatives and Rangers won the best fan marketing initiative for their family schemes.

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