Suzanne Lappin shortlisted for SWF Scottish Sun Players' Player of the Year
It’s the Scottish Women’s Football Annual Awards tomorrow evening with Glasgow City midfielder Suzanne Lappin shortlisted for SWF Scottish Sun Players Player of the Year.
Lappin who joined Glasgow City as a youngster spent 8 years at the club before moving to Liverpool and then Chelsea, playing two seasons in the new FA Women’s Super League. The goalscoring midfielder returned to Scottish Champions for the start of 2013 and has enjoyed arguably her finest season yet, helping City to lift the domestic treble and to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Commenting on her nomination, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “It is fitting testament to the club that our own Suzanne Lappin has been nominated for the Player of the Year award.
“It is my opinion that Sue had played her career up until now at 70% of her ability and even at that she has still been a formidable opponent for many. Earlier this year we had a chat about her career and she stated she was determined to put more time and effort into her football. I think it's easy to see the outcome of that decision. This is the most games Sue has ever played for the club in a single season, and with that she is slowly closing in on the record amount of appearances for the club.
“She has finished the season as top goalscorer a feat she hasn't accomplished since 2009. It is her second highest total for goals scored in a season but this has to be compared to the fact that the top sides face each other three times in comparison to years gone by. It is therefore now far harder to score as many goals as perhaps it could once be said with the League format meaning more games against the top six sides and only one against the bottom six.
“Her goals this season have been important but it is really in the big games where she has shown her ability to make a difference. As well as important domestic League goals the Champions League has been a stage for her this season and goals have come against WFC Osijek, FC Birkikara, Standard Liege and Arsenal. The domestic cups also proved fruitful as she scored in both the semi-finals of the League and Scottish Cup as well as finding the net in the League Cup Final. If she continues to play next year with the same focus and desire we will have a very strong player in the team. I don't need to be asked how highly I rate her, even in the past when she has been criticised I have played her and I think that shows how much I admire Suzanne and how good I think she is.”
Everyone at Glasgow City would like to wish Suzanne the very best of luck for tomorrow night.
Pictured - Suzanne with the SWPL trophy by Andy Buist.