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Celtic's Commons 'gobsmacked' to win Scottish PFA award

Kris Commons admits he was surprised to be named the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Scotland Player of the Year.

The Celtic midfielder was voted in by his peers as the best player in the Scottish Premiership for the 2013/14 season after scoring 23 league goals and 28 in all competitions.

30-year old Commons beat Hoops teammates Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk to the award, as well as Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, and admitted that he was shocked to land the prize ahead of the three other nominations.

"It's great to be nominated by your fellow professionals but it is a bit overwhelming really," he said.

"I really thought it was going to be Virgil or Fraser who can both hold their heads up high this year as they have been outstanding for us.

"I think Fraser needed recognition for the quality season he has because some of his saves have been simply outstanding and breaking the clean-sheet record showed how good a goalkeeper he is.

"Then when you look at Virgil, considering he is only 22 and this is his first season at Celtic. Coming to a new country to a new team is always difficult but the way he has hit the ground running has been amazing and I have no doubt he is capable of playing at the highest level.

"So I was truly gobsmacked when I got the shout although I think when you are scoring on a regular basis you are always in the limelight.

"People are always taking note of what you are doing and luckily for me I have been given the opportunity to play a bit more advanced in games this season."

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