Scotland

Michael Higdon arrested after winning player of the year

Motherwell's Michael Higdon
Higdon picked up the player of the year award at a ceremony at Glasgow's Hilton hotel on Sunday

Motherwell striker Michael Higdon has been arrested over an alleged assault hours after being crowned Scotland's Player of the Year.

The 29-year-old was held after a disturbance at the Corinthian nightclub in Glasgow in the early hours.

BBC Scotland understands Higdon was released from police custody at 09:00.

He was named Professional Footballers' Association Scotland Player of the Year at a ceremony on Sunday night.

Higdon is the Scottish Premier League's top scorer this season, having netted 26 league goals for Motherwell.

The club said it was aware of the situation.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A 29-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with an alleged assault at a nightclub in Ingram Street in Glasgow at 1.25am today."

Liverpool-born Higdon had been due to meet journalists for a media conference at 08:30 on Monday, but the event was cancelled.

He won the award voted for by his peers ahead of Leigh Griffiths of Hibernian, Andrew Shinnie of Inverness and Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn.

Higdon has described this season as the "best of his career" and credited his success to "confidence, playing in a good team and having a manager who believes in me".

He began his career at Crewe before moving to Scotland to sign for Falkirk in 2007.

After two years with the Bairns, he joined St Mirren before leaving for Motherwell in 2011.

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