Caltex Socceroo wins SPL award

Caltex Socceroo midfielder Jackson Irvine has continued his breakout season for Ross County in Scotland, winning the SPL’s player of the month award for March.

Just a month after the club famously won the Scottish League Cup final against Hibernian, Irvine has been recognised as the best player in the competition over the past month.

"It's obviously really nice to win individual plaudits and coming with the month we had winning the Cup final, it's been amazing," Irvine told BBC Scotland ( 

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"It's pretty special the turnaround we've had in the last year from fighting relegation to lifting trophies and winning awards.

"I've come such a long way and I've got everyone at the club to thank. Individual awards only come as a result of you playing in a team and my team mates have been spectacular this season."

The 23-year-old featured in all three league games for County in March and also took out man-of-the-match honours in the 2-1 League Cup final win.

Irvine started his career in Scotland at Celtic but joined County on loan in 2014.

After impressing during his short stint with the club, he signed a two-year deal with the Highlanders last year.

"This club's been pretty fantastic for me," the Socceroo added.

"Playing games at this age is so important and the manager's stuck with me and has always had faith in me, playing me in my natural position as well. It's been a really big step for my development."

Jackson Irvine set up the first goal in Ross County's 2-1 League Cup win over Hibernian.

Ross County is currently eighth in the SPL, just one point off a coveted top six spot heading into this weekend’s final round clash against Partick Thistle.

"Unfortunately it's out of our hands now in terms of finishing in the top six," he said.

"All we can do is go out on Saturday and get the best result we can against Partick Thistle and hope that results go our way.

"It's frustrating, sitting in fourth or fifth for the majority of the season. That's football. 

"The league's been so tight throughout this whole season. Hopefully a win on Saturday will be enough."