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Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes shortlisted for PFA Player of the Year

Jonny Hayes
Jonny Hayes

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes has been named on the shortlist for PFA player of the year list.

Dundee pair Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart have also been shortlisted, alongside Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

Hayes has been Aberdeen’s most impressive performer this season, weighing in with five goals and numerous assists from his 40 appearances for the Dons, while also earning his first two international caps.

Former Rangers and Cowdenbeath striker Hemmings has scored 25 goals so far in his first season at Dens Park after arriving from Barnsley.

Some of those strikes, including the winner at Firhill on Saturday, have been set up by Stewart, who has also netted 11 goals himself from a deeper role this campaign. It is the second time in three seasons that the 26-year-old, another former Cowdenbeath player, has made the top four.

Griffiths is the favourite after scoring 38 goals this season for Celtic.

Leigh Griffiths
Leigh Griffiths

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is the only top-flight candidate for the young player award.

The 18-year-old joins Rangers winger Barrie McKay and Hibernian pair John McGinn and Jason Cummings on the list.

Tierney has had a spectacular breakthrough season, being one of Celtic’s most consistent performers and establishing himself as first-choice left-back ahead of Emilio Izaguirre before making his full Scotland debut last month.

McKay, 21, has been rejuvenated under Mark Warburton and has nine goals and a series of assists to his name.

Cummings has scored 24 goals for Hibs this season while midfielder McGinn earned himself his first Scotland cap along with Tierney against Denmark.

The winners will be announced at the PFA Scotland annual dinner at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on Sunday night.

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