The shortlist for the SPFA Player of the Year was announced yesterday, with the odds heavily stacked in favour of Celtic.

The four players on the shortlist are Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, and Stilian Petrov, along with Rangers' goalkeeper, Stefan Klos.

Nominations are announced by the Scottish Professional Footballers Association. The winner will be announced at the players' union dinner which is being held on Sunday in Glasgow.

Celtic's mid-season signing from Motherwell, Stephen Pearson, is among four of the emerging young talents who have been nominated for young player of the year.

His former team-mate David Clarkson, Hearts keeper Craig Gordon, and Hibs' Derek Riordan are also nominated.

The first division player of the year shortlist comprises Inverness pair David Bingham and Paul Ritchie, Clyde striker Ian Harty, and Russell Latapy of Falkirk.

The second division nominations are Peter Weatherson and John Maisano of Morton, Forfar's Paul Tosh, and Gareth Hutchison of Berwick Rangers.

In the third division, Stirling Albion pair Scott McLean and George Rowe are nominated with Michael Moore of Stranraer and Mike Galloway of Gretna.