As we enter the last two months of the season, it will soon to be time for Scottish football to crown its player of the player.
There is one player who could have been named player of the year until injury ruined his season – Hearts’ Steven Naismith.
Naismith has been excellent for the Tynecastle side this season. He has scored 14 goals, but would have had far more had it not been for injuries.
The Hearts striker’s season has been curtailed by major injuries.
He was out for almost two months with a cartilage injury. He is currently out of action after a knee operation.
If Naismith had been able to stay fit, Hearts could have contended for the league title. It should be remembered that they were top of the league in October.
However, the injury in October came at a bad time for the player and the club. Hearts’ title challenge all but ended in Naismith’s absence.
Naismith now faces a race against time to be fit for the end of the season. And a potential Scottish Cup final appearance.
He should not be too downhearted about his season though. He could well be on course for around 30 goals this season if not for injury.
It has to be said though, that injuries have ended his bid to be named as Scotland’s player of the year.