Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley has blasted PFA Scotland for naming Rangers winger Ryan Kent as the Young Player of the Year on Twitter, describing the choice as “unbelievable”.
Kent, 22, has shone for Rangers since joining Steven Gerrard’s side on a season-long loan. He has scored six goals and created nine more in assists this season, and was nominated alongside three other Scottish Premiership stars.
Motherwell duo Turnbull and Jake Hastie were nominated – the latter joining Rangers this summer on a pre-contract agreement. Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson was also up for the award, which Kent eventually won.
But the decision to award Kent the title was blasted by Motherwell assistant Lasley, claiming midfielder Turnbull was much more deserving of the award after an excellent 2018-19 campaign.
Unbelievable. David Turnbull is the best young talent this country has produced in a generation. Young player of the year by some distance.
— Keith Lasley (@keithlasley) May 5, 2019
Kent has been excellent for Rangers, and showed the most creativity and excitement in a side that have stuttered at times throughout the season. But his stats could be better.
Only six goals all season is not good enough, and in a side with strikers such as Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, nine assists is not much for a winger. His stats should be much higher.
Turnbull, 19, has been sensational. He has scored 14 goals and created six more from central midfield, in a side that are in the bottom six of the Scottish Premiership after the split. Lasley has a point.