PFA Scotland player of the year shortlist unveiled

PFA Scotland player of the year nominees Greg Stewart of Dundee, Stefan Johansen of Celtic, Adam Rooney of Aberdeen and Virgil van Dijk of Celtic. Picture: Getty
PFA Scotland player of the year nominees Greg Stewart of Dundee, Stefan Johansen of Celtic, Adam Rooney of Aberdeen and Virgil van Dijk of Celtic. Picture: Getty
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DUNDEE striker Greg Stewart has made the shortlist for the PFA Scotland player of the year award in his first season in full-time football.

Stewart joins Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney and Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Johansen on the four-man shortlist.

Virgil van Dijk, celebrating with last year's PFA Scotland player of the year Kris Commons, has been shortlisted for this year's award. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Virgil van Dijk, celebrating with last year's PFA Scotland player of the year Kris Commons, has been shortlisted for this year's award. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The 25-year-old has netted 15 goals this season to help Dundee to a top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership after joining from part-time Championship side Cowdenbeath in the summer.

Rooney has scored 27 goals in all competitions while midfielder Johansen has 12 goals and has played an increasingly influential role in the Celtic midfield.

Van Dijk has hit 10 goals from central defence after following up an impressive debut season.

His Celtic defensive partner Jason Denayer has been named on the shortlist for young player of the year.

Adam Rooney, right, is among four players on the PFA Scotland shortlist. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Adam Rooney, right, is among four players on the PFA Scotland shortlist. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The Belgium international is joined by Inverness playmaker Ryan Christie and Hearts midfielders Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker.

The winners - voted by their fellow professionals - will be announced on May 3.

PFA Scotland player of the year shortlist

Virgil van Dijk - Celtic

Dundee's Greg Stewart, left. Picture: PA

Dundee's Greg Stewart, left. Picture: PA

Stefan Johansen - Celtic

Adam Rooney - Aberdeen

Greg Stewart - Dundee

PFA Scotland young player of the year shortlist

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen. Picture: Getty

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen. Picture: Getty

Ryan Christie - Inverness

Jason Denayer - Celtic

Sam Nicholson - Hearts

Jamie Walker - Hearts