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Tuesday 28th May 2019

Ladbrokes League Two

League 2 Team of the Season

Shaughan McGuigan selects his top XI from Ladbrokes League 2 in 2018/19...

GK - Blair Currie (Clyde) 
The former Annan and Hamilton No 1 was an ever-present between the sticks for Clyde in League 2 and was one of the main reasons behind their excellent defensive performance, keeping 16 clean sheets in the league. A fine shot stopper, Currie is also recognised as being one of the best distributors of a ball in the lower leagues. Signed for Stirling Albion at the weekend.
 
DR - Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead) 
The veteran full-back wasn't just a vital part of the Blue Toon's defensive unit as they went on to lift the League 2 title, he was also one of their most creative outlets, with three goals and 10 assists. While predominantly played on the right of a back four, his versatility was important as Jim McInally's side won their second trophy since joining the SPFL. 
 
DC - Conrad Balatoni (Edinburgh City)
The former Hearts, Kilmarnock and Falkirk central defender was an eye-catching acquisition for Edinburgh City last summer, and he demonstrated just why, with a number of excellent performances. He was a stand out as City won 14 of their first 18 league games. While their season would eventually end in a play-off defeat to Clyde, his experience, communication skills and ability to read a game were major reasons behind Edinburgh's best season in the SPFL to date. 
 
DC - Scott Rumsby (Clyde)
The former Stranraer, Peterhead and Cowdenbeath central defender has been a model of consistency since joining from the Blue Brazil in the summer, and his partnership with Tom Lang over the second half of the campaign was the bedrock on which the team's sensational form was built. Despite his physical presence, the stopper rarely gives away free-kicks, while his distribution from the back made him an obvious addition to League 2’s best XI. 
 
DL - Paddy Boyle (Peterhead)
The much-travelled left-back might just be approaching the veteran stage of his career, but the former Everton, Norwich and Partick Thistle defender has enjoyed a great season at Balmoor since joining from Ayr United in the summer. The Blue Toon's title win means Boyle has now won medals in successive seasons after helping Ayr United to the League 1 trophy last season, and his third in total, after helping Dumbarton to the Third Division title in 2009. 

MR - Chris Johnston (Annan Athletic)
League Two’s Player of the Year nominee had a fantastic season for the Galabankies and demonstrated all the abilities which saw him explode on to the scene with Kilmarnock back in 2012. A real chalk-on-the-boots player, Johnston has added an end product to his game this term, which has resulted in him becoming one of the most feared wingers in the lower leagues. Has now been snapped up by Clyde.

MC - John Rankin (Clyde)
It may have been a bittersweet end to the season for John Rankin, with injury meaning he missed the final run-in to what was a hugely successful campaign for Danny Lennon’s side, but the experienced midfielder played a huge role in Clyde’s eventual promotion. His nine goals made him the club’s second-top scorer, while his leadership skills were a significant factor.
 
MC - Chris McStay (Clyde)
The second part to Clyde's central midfield axis alongside Rankin, McStay has enjoyed a phenomenal season. After joining the Bully Wee in February 2018, the 23-year-old soon grew accustomed to the physicality of the Scottish game, and his dominant presence in Clyde’s engine room was a key reason behind Clyde's promotion. McStay looks equally at home breaking up play in a deep position, or in a more advanced creative role, marking him out as one of the few box-to-box midfielders in the lower leagues. 

ML - Tony Wallace (Annan Athletic)
With 12 goals and four assists to his name, Wallace was one of the driving forces behind Annan’s impressive season, which only ended at the last hurdle with a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Clyde in the play-off final. While utilised in a number of positions, Wallace looked most at home on the left of midfield, and the 2018/19 season has been arguably the most productive of his career. It’s little wonder that his stellar performances have caught the eye of Clyde, who made him one of their first signings for their League 1 campaign.

FC - Blair Henderson (Edinburgh City)
What a sensational season for Edinburgh City’s League 2 Player of the Year. The forward managed 30 league goals, with his heroics almost helping City to promotion, before eventually losing to Clyde in the play-off semi-finals. The 24-year-old is capable with both feet and in the air, and with over 40 league goals in the last 18 months, he could be one of the SPFL’s most sought-after players this summer. 
 
FC - Rory McAllister (Peterhead)
When it comes to goals scored, this may have been a quieter season than normal for Rory McAllister, but only by his own sky-high standards. The 32-year-old still managed 15 league goals and eight assists and his fine performances helped Peterhead to the League 2 title on the last day of the season, making up for narrowly missing out in 2017/18. He’ll be looking to add even more goals to his tally next season, as he closes in on 200 goals in all competitions for Peterhead.