PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year

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PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year
Kieran Tierney (26938128442).jpg
Kieran Tierney won the award three times in consecutive seasons
Awarded forThe outstanding young player in each given Scottish football season
CountryScotland
Presented byPFA Scotland
First awarded1978
Last awarded2019
Young Player of the YearRyan Kent
Most awardsKieran Tierney (3)

The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, formerly known as the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year, is named at the end of every Scottish football season. The members of the Professional Footballers' Association Scotland vote on which of its young members played the best football in the previous year. The award was first given in 1978, to Graeme Payne. The Bulgarian international Stiliyan Petrov was the first non-Scottish player to win the award, when he did so in 2001.

List of winners[edit]

The first foreign winner of the award was Stiliyan Petrov, in 2001
Dundee United left-back Andy Robertson won the award in 2014

As of 2019, the award has been presented 42 times and won by 37 different players. Kieran Tierney (3), Craig Levein (2), Eoin Jess (2) and Phil O'Donnell (2) are the players who have won the award more than once.

Season Nat Player Club Notes
1977–78 Scotland Graeme Payne Dundee United
1978–79 Scotland Ray Stewart Dundee United
1979–80 Scotland John MacDonald Rangers
1980–81 Scotland Charlie Nicholas Celtic [1]
1981–82 Scotland Frank McAvennie St Mirren [2]
1982–83 Scotland Paul McStay Celtic [3]
1983–84 Scotland John Robertson Heart of Midlothian
1984–85 Scotland Craig Levein Heart of Midlothian
1985–86 Scotland Craig Levein Heart of Midlothian
1986–87 Scotland Robert Fleck Rangers
1987–88 Scotland John Collins Hibernian
1988–89 Scotland Billy McKinlay Dundee United
1989–90 Scotland Scott Crabbe Heart of Midlothian
1990–91 Scotland Eoin Jess Aberdeen
1991–92 Scotland Phil O'Donnell Motherwell
1992–93 Scotland Eoin Jess Aberdeen
1993–94 Scotland Phil O'Donnell Motherwell
1994–95 Scotland Charlie Miller Rangers
1995–96 Scotland Jackie McNamara Celtic
1996–97 Scotland Robbie Winters Dundee United
1997–98 Scotland Gary Naysmith Heart of Midlothian
1998–99 Scotland Barry Ferguson Rangers
1999–00 Scotland Kenny Miller Hibernian
2000–01 Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov Celtic [4]
2001–02 Scotland Kevin McNaughton Aberdeen [5]
2002–03 Scotland James McFadden Motherwell [6]
2003–04 Scotland Stephen Pearson Celtic [7]
2004–05 Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian [8]
2005–06 Scotland Shaun Maloney Celtic [9]
2006–07 Scotland Steven Naismith Kilmarnock [10]
2007–08 Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady Celtic [11]
2008–09 Republic of Ireland James McCarthy Hamilton Academical [11]
2009–10 Scotland Danny Wilson Rangers [12]
2010–11 Scotland David Goodwillie Dundee United [13]
2011–12 Scotland James Forrest Celtic [14]
2012–13 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Hibernian [15]
2013–14 Scotland Andrew Robertson Dundee United [16]
2014–15 Belgium Jason Denayer Celtic [17]
2015–16 Scotland Kieran Tierney Celtic [18]
2016–17 Scotland Kieran Tierney Celtic [19]
2017–18 Scotland Kieran Tierney Celtic [20]
2018–19 England Ryan Kent Rangers [21]

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning seasons
Celtic 12 1980–81, 1982–83, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Rangers 6 1979–80, 1980–87, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2018–19
Dundee United 6 1977–78, 1978–79, 1988–89, 1996–97, 2010–11, 2013–14
Heart of Midlothian 5 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1997–98
Hibernian 4 1987–88, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2012–13
Aberdeen 3 1990–91, 1992–93, 2001–02
Motherwell 3 1991–92, 1993–94, 2002–03
Hamilton Academical 1 2008–09
Kilmarnock 1 2006–07
St Mirren 1 1981–82

Winners by country[edit]

Country Number of wins Winning seasons
Scotland 37 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Republic of Ireland 2 2007–08, 2008–09
England 1 2018–19
Belgium 1 2014–15
Bulgaria 1 2000–01

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Shaun Maloney at the Scottish Football Association
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  19. ^ "Scott Sinclair named SPFA player of the year as Celtic win four awards". BBC Sport. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
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  21. ^ "James Forrest, Steve Clarke & Ryan Kent win PFA Scotland annual awards". BBC Sport. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.