Friday 21 October 2016

Rooney on shortlist for Scottish award

DUBLIN boy Adam Rooney (left) is in line to become only the second Irishman to win the players' player of the year award in Scotland.

Rooney has scored 27 goals in 43 games in all competitions for Aberdeen this season and that form has earned him a place in the shortlist for the PFA Scotland player of the year.

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic), Stefan Johansen (Celtic) and Greg Stewart (Dundee) join Rooney on the shortlist, with the winner due to be announced next month.

Only one player from the Republic has ever won the Scottish PFA's main award before, Aiden McGeady honoured in 2008.

Rooney, 27, has seen his career take off since he moved to Pittodrie in January 2014 after earlier spells with Stoke, Inverness, Birmingham City and Oldham, and his form has prompted calls for a call-up to the senior Ireland squad, with Martin O'Neill stating that the FAI are keeping tabs on the ex-U21 cap.

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