Do you agree with my SPL team of the year?
The PFA Scotland awards were presented on Sunday evening and those players deemed to be the best by their fellow players received their well-deserved accolades. I therefore thought it would be appropriate for me to name my Scottish Premier League team of the season.
This is undoubtedly a selection that will also be made by a number of journalists, pundits and supporters the length and breadth of the season and it will be interesting to analyse whether my choices, based on competing against these players, will differ much from the opinions of others.
My choice of goalkeeper is Motherwell's on-loan shot stopper John Ruddy. His performances this season have been a huge factor in the number of shut-outs his side have recorded, sitting alongside Rangers as the most successful side in this respect. John has a significant physical presence and his distribution, often quick and accurate, is a further strength in his game.
The right-back role would be filled by Dave MacKay of St Johnstone, a player who has been extremely consistent and reliable throughout the whole campaign and who has also contributed greatly in a forward-going sense. He has been a top performer in a side that has enjoyed a fantastic season.
Another member of Motherwell's tight defence, Stevie Hammell, would be my selection at left back. Stevie is another who produces a high standard of performance on a weekly basis and who is also willing to take possession of the ball - and usually uses it well. Furthermore, he found himself out of favour at the beginning of the season but has shown strong character to become a well-deserved fixture in his side once again.
Much is made of the former's age and, while that makes his achievements even more significant, it is more relevant to focus on the 39-year-old's reading of the game and leadership qualities, which have been excellent and been the reason why he has captained this season's champions.
There is no doubt that Andy Webster has benefitted from regular first-team football once again and this has been the catalyst for the return to international form from the defender. I played alongside Andy in the Scotland B match last season and I realised from that experience how good a player he was, especially in his ability to communicate with his defensive unit.
Steven is one of the players who are rare in the sense that all opposition players remark on his quality. He is composed on the ball, possesses a goal threat and is deceptively quick, especially with the ball.
Lee has impressed me greatly this season, not only in that he has successfully filled different roles on the pitch but in that, when he has played in a more attacking midfield position, his desire to get forward and the timing of his runs have been superb. He also has a natural aggression that all teams require.
Completing my midfield trio would be Morgaro Gomis of Dundee United. His progression in recent seasons from the lower leagues to top SPL player is very admirable - and well deserved when you observe his passing ability and quick thinking.
With three players selected in the middle of the park, my strike force is obviously three-pronged, with the first choice being a former team-mate, Hibernian's Anthony Stokes. I would imagine that there are aspects of his game that still frustrate his manager, John Hughes, but in terms of his goal scoring contribution, he has been a major success.
Rangers' Kenny Miller would play alongside him - and, as ever, Kenny has received plaudits for his work-rate and application this season. However, he is a very clever footballer, very difficult to play against and this has been obvious in his performances this season - and in the number of goals he has scored.
My final selection - and this is where I get to be slightly biased - is my own team-mate, Billy Mehmet.
By his own admission, Billy has been disappointed in the number of league goals he has contributed, but his counters in cup games were a major factor in St Mirren reaching their first major final in 23 years. Furthermore, he is a full-back's dream to play alongside as he is always available to receive the ball and has a fantastic touch that can turn bad passes into good.
Looking over the team I have picked, there is much to be admired about the players who are in it. I just can't believe I haven't managed to get in a team picked by myself!
Finally, I had commented in a previous blog upon my faith in my team-mates to end the season strongly and I am delighted that this has proven to be the case. Their performances in the post-split fixtures have been terrific and I am delighted for them, the management team and the supporters, who have been magnificent in these games.