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Shiels questions Lennon´s Player of the Year award comments

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has branded Celtic “Paranoid FC” after Neil Lennon’s outburst around the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.

Celtic are currently 15 points clear of Motherwell at the top of the Scottish Premier League but they had no representatives on the four-man shortlist for the award, something that bemused manager Lennon.

While Shiels had some sympathy for his opposite number he felt that Lennon had overreacted with his comments, something he believed was a regular occurrence from the league’s top club.

“Certain managers are egotistical,” Shiels said.

“Celtic make a song and dance about everything, don’t they? Paranoid FC.”

“I think they deserve to maybe have one in with Kris Commons, who is a good shout.

“But I wouldn’t get all paranoid about it. It’s the players’ thing; they deserve credit for how they vote.”

The list includes Motherwell striker Michael Higdon, Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie, Hibernian forward Leigh Griffiths and Aberdeen striker Niall McGinn and Shiels believes it is a fair representation of those who have performed well this season.

He also revealed that were he to have a vote Shinnie would be the man he would back to lift the award at the end of the season.

“I think the four nominees is a fair assessment of who’s done well,” Shiels added.

“Andrew Shinnie has been right up there as one of the best this season.

“I can only judge against us and Shinnie. Michael Higdon and Leigh Griffiths have all done well.

“Who from Celtic would come into the category? How many games did Kris Commons play? James Forrest got Young Player of the Year last season and he only played about 20 games.”

Fri 26 Apr, 2013
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