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Mulgrew left baffled by controversial Bhoys player award snub

Charlie Mulgrew remains baffled at the absence of Celtic players from the PFA Scotland player of the year award nominations, despite the revelation that seven Hoops players received votes from their fellow professionals.

No player from the SPL champions' squad, though, gathered enough votes to make the four-man short-list which includes Motherwell striker Michael Higdon, Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie, Hibernian forward Leigh Griffiths and Aberdeen striker Niall McGinn.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon described the situation as "abysmal" and ahead of the league game against Motherwell tomorrow, Mulgrew, winner of the players' and the Scottish Football Writers player of the year award last season, was similarly irate.

"I still don't see how one Celtic player didn't have enough votes to get into the top four," he said. "It has been noted what we have done in the Champions League (reaching the last 16) and being so clear in the league. It's baffling.


"What did we have to do? Did we have to win the Champions League? Did we have to win the league by 40 points? Did we have to win all the cups? I don't know.

"I am not saying there is an agenda, but surely when people are looking at their votes they have to look at who has won the league, who is in finals."

The Scotland international dismissed the notion that individual Celtic players suffered from the team being so strong as a unit. He said: "It's always a team effort with every team, it's a team sport. But we have had some players stand out this season.

"The two players for me are Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama, you expect one of them to be in there. I don't know how other people didn't see that."

Mulgrew was also dismissive of Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels who, when asked about Lennon's complaints, said: "Celtic make a song and dance about everything, don't they? Paranoid FC."

"It is definitely not paranoia," said the Hoops utility player, who revealed he had voted for one of the four nominees without saying which one.

"I've said how I feel about why at least one of our players should be involved in the top four. It is understandable how disappointed the manager is, everyone feels the same."

When asked if the Celtic players would be attending the PFA awards dinner Mulgrew said: "I'm not too sure. It's not been talked about too much to be honest. I don't know."

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Irish Independent