Hearts keeper Gordon voted SPL Player of the Year

April 16, 2006

GLASGOW, April 16 (Reuters) - Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been voted Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

The 22-year-old is the first Hearts player to win the trophy since Sandy Jardine 20 years ago. Gordon is also the first player outside Rangers and Celtic to collect the award since 1991 when Dundee United's Maurice Malpas triumphed.

Gordon told reporters: 'There are obviously not too many goalkeepers that have won it and not too many Hearts players, so on both these counts it's a very big honour for me and the club.'

Former Rangers player Andy Goram is the last goalkeeper to win the prize in 1993.

Hearts beat Kilmarnock 2-0 on Saturday to strengthen their grip on the second Champions League place.