Scotland captain Finn Russell is in the running to be named Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season.

The fly-half has had an outstanding debut campaign at Bath after moving from Racing 92 last summer.

He has helped the club into the play-offs, where they will meet Sale Sharks on May 31 for a place in the final at Twickenham on June 8.

Russell made his debut for Bath just a week after Scotland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by Ireland last October, coming off the bench in a win over Newcastle. 

The club feared the 31-year-old had suffered a "significant" groin injury in the Investec Champions Cup last 16 defeat to Exeter Chiefs last month, but those fears were allayed and the Scotland co-captain returned last weekend. 

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Now he is one of four players shortlisted by a panel of journalists and pundits for the league's Player of the Year award. 

The others are Courtney Lawes and Fin Smith from table-topping Northampton Saints, and Exeter Chiefs' England centre Henry Slade. 

Meanwhile, Scotland back-row Andy Christie is also in the running for the Community Player of the Season award. 

Scotland Rugby News: Scotland back-row Andy Christie, of Saracens, is nominated for Community Player of the SeasonScotland back-row Andy Christie, of Saracens, is nominated for Community Player of the Season (Image: PA)

Christie, whose club Saracens are in the play-offs, will have to watch from the sidelines having been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a broken arm. 

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Like Russell, he will go up against a Northampton Saints pairing, with Tom James and Ethan Waller also shortlisted, as is Gloucester's Mark Atkinson.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.