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Celtic have done me proud, says elated manager Rodgers

 

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes there are potential candidates for the player of the year award throughout his Ladbrokes Premiership winning team.

PFA Scotland voting forms have been issued to players ahead of the annual awards ceremony and the Carnlough native expects his Hoops to dominate the nominations.

The likes of Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown could make it a clean sweep on the four-man shortlist after unbeaten Celtic wrapped up the Premiership title on April 2.

"For me it's the team," Rodgers said. "The team collectively have been brilliant, right the way through. And there's so many of them. You could go through the whole squad, players that have performed consistently at a really high level in big games."

Rodgers admitted it would be "very unfair" to pick out individuals from his own team but did mention some Aberdeen players.

He added: "I've got the best players. The best players are playing for Celtic.

"There's some very, very good players I have come across in the league, there's no doubt about that. The likes of young Jonny Hayes at Aberdeen. I know Jonny well, I took him across to England when I was at Reading, so I know Jonny very well, and he has been outstanding.

"Niall McGinn and Kenny McLean have been very, very good and Aberdeen rightly are in second place and have consistently been very good. They have had some excellent performers in their team but of course I look at my own and I don't think I would swap any of them for anyone."

Rodgers will have a vote in the managerial category and he highlighted the work of Derek McInnes, Alan Archibald and Tommy Wright.

"There's been a lot of the guys up here that I've been very impressed with," the former Liverpool manager said.

"It's been great for me to meet a lot of people that I haven't known. I only really knew Derek when I came up here. He has done an outstanding job with Aberdeen. He has been very, very good.

"There are other managers in there, Alan at Partick Thistle. I said right early on, when they were bottom of the table, that I was really impressed with their work.

"I'm an admirer of Tommy at St Johnstone, he always does a great job," said Rodgers of his fellow Ulsterman.

Rodgers' most pressing selection is his next team for Sunday's Premiership contest with Ross County, and he has Leigh Griffiths available again following a fractured back bone.

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