Celtic supporters struggled to separate their top two players
2020 saw Celtic clinch their ninth title in a row, and as the year drew to a close they sealed a historic quadruple treble by winning the Scottish Cup.
Optimism is hard to come by at Celtic, with recent weeks seeing fans protest outside the stadium following several disappointing performances and results.
Neil Lennon’s side look vulnerable at the back, while Odsonne Edouard’s form has dipped considerably since last season.
An embarrassing Betfred Cup defeat against Ross County at Celtic Park was the low point in a campaign that has seen them beaten at home by a Rangers side who have accumulated a 16-point gap in the title race and finish bottom of their Europa League group.
Prior to March’s shutdown, however, supporters were considerably more enthusiastic. And, despite their recent travails, there have been bright spots in the form of young talents David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro.
I asked fans on Twitter to rank their top three players of the year, and in order to compile the top 10 I’ve awarded three points for a first-place nomination, two points for second and one point for first.
Some big names failed to make the cut, including James Forrest, Tom Rogic and captain Scott Brown. The captain received just one nomination in a disappointing year.
Here are the players Celtic fans have chosen as their top 10 of 2020.
10. Jeremie Frimpong (16 points)
9. David Turnbull (17 points)
8. Christopher Jullien (20 points)
7. Fraser Forster (26 points)
6. Leigh Griffiths (30 points)
5. RYAN CHRISTIE (34 points)
Celtic supporters have been known to lament Christie’s tendency to shoot from range, but when he gets it right there are few complaints.
It was Christie’s superb effort that put Lennon’s men in front against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final, and he also scored a crucial goal against Serbia on the night that Scotland’s men’s team reached a major tournament for the first time in 23 years.
4. MOI ELYOUNOUSSI (49 points)
Despite Paul Lambert’s ludicrous assertion on BBC Sportsound that he was “guilty of letting the great Jock Stein down” by briefly checking his phone during the Sparta Prague defeat at Celtic Park, Elyounoussi has been one of the few positives so far this season.
A classy player, the 26-year-old’s high point came with a hat-trick against Motherwell in November.
3. KRIS AJER (78 points)
Celtic’s defence has been far from secure this season, but things might have been even worse without Ajer.
The centre-back is comfortable with the ball at his feet and always willing to put himself on the line.
2. CALLUM MCGREGOR (100 points)
As Scott Brown’s influence wanes, so McGregor’s importance grows.
The 27-year-old is Celtic’s most consistent performer, and deservedly wears the captain’s armband when Brown misses out.
McGregor was extremely close to being named Celtic’s top player for 2020, but was narrowly beaten by…
1. ODSONNE EDOUARD (105 points)
Edouard is certainly the most talented member of Lennon’s squad, but he’s failed to reach his usual high standards this season.
An opening-day treble against Hamilton Accies suggested he would be rattling them in, but he’s scored just six goals in 19 appearances since then.
Juventus and Milan were both recently credited with interest in the Frenchman, and his stock remains high.
Celtic fans have named Odsonne Edouard their Player of the Year for 2020, and if they’re to be celebrating in 2021 they’ll need him back to his very best.