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Dundee Utd duo joined by Celtic and Hibs stars in young player shortlist

Armstrong, Griffiths, Mackay-Steven and Wanyama are in contention for Young Player of the Year.

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PFA Scotland have announced the nominations for this season’s Young Player of the Year award with two Dundee United stars in contention.

Tannadice duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, Hibs star Leigh Griffiths and Celtic’s Victor Wanyama have all been recognised for their impressive performances this season.

The quartet will look to succeed last year’s winner, Celtic star James Forrest.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on May 5 in Glasgow.

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart said: “This is the top award for players. There is no greater honour in football than to be voted the best player in your country by your fellow professionals.”

The nominations were announced alongside the Player of the year contenders. Griffiths has been nominated in both categories and will be up against Motherwell’s Michael Higdon, Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn and Inverness’ Andrew Shinnie for the senior award.

The nominees for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year

Stuart Armstrong

Since making his debut in 2010, Armstrong has become an influential player in United’s ranks and has made 32 appearances so far this season, chipping in with three goals as the Tangerines sealed a top six place.

Leigh Griffiths is up for both the Player and Young Player awards as he continued his rich vein of form for Hibernian in his second loan spell for the club.

The Scotland international forward has contributed exactly 50% of his side's SPL goals this season, finding the net 20 times. He is expected to be given another chance at parent side Wolverhampton Wanderers for next season.

Gary Mackay-Steven

A fans’ favourite who has provided some of the more memorable displays of skill this season, Mackay Steven was called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in recognition of his contribution to United.

One of the key creative players in Jackie MacNamara’s team, “GMS” has six goals in 25 appearances so far this term.

Victor Wanyama

Signed from Germinal Beerschot as a complete unknown in 2011, Wanyama has developed into a player linked with the top sides in England, has been valued at £25 million by his manager and has scored in a memorable victory against Barcelona.

A pivotal figure and one of the first names on Lennon’s team-sheet, Wanyama has contributed nine goals from 45 matches in green and white this season.

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