Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic efforts see him face stiff competition for SWFA top boss award but Gio van Bronckhorst NOT on shortlist

This year’s nominees for the Scottish Football Writers Association (SFWA) William Hill Manager of the Year award have been announced.

A new winner will be crowned following a four-way battle for the prize of top gaffer during the 2021-22 campaign.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, Ross County’s Malky Mackay, Hearts gaffer Robbie Neilson and Arbroath manager Dick Campbell make up the four-man shortlist for this season’s award.

Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earned it last year after his Gers side clinched the title to stop Celtic winning Ten In A Row.

The Ibrox boss and his side ran away with the Premiership crown, ruthlessly unseating their Glasgow rivals and tying up the top flight title with more than two months of the season to go last campaign.

The Light Blues also had a superb run in Europe, making it to the Europa League last 16.

But there will definitely be a new recipient this time around and Gerrard’s successor Giovannni van Bronckhorst is NOT on the shortlist.

Manager of the year shortlist.
The manager of the year shortlist has been revealed.

The Dutchman only arrived in November but he could yet lead the Ibrox side to a trophy double, including the club’s first European silverware for 50 years.

Gers face RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi final and face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on May 21.

Postecoglou and his Celtic side have one hand on the Premiership trophy as they sit six points ahead of second place Rangers at the top of the table with just four games left to play.

The Aussie faces tough competition however with Malky Mackay in the mix after a stunning turnaround in fortunes in Dingwall.

His Ross County secured a place in the top six before the split and the Staggies are on course for the Europa Conference League after a remarkable campaign.

Mackay’s arrival in the summer was met with some uncertainty after some time away from management, but the 50-year-old has certainly proven himself this season.

With the possibility of silverware in the form of the Scottish Cup, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson secured a spot on the shortlist.

The Jambos are also enjoying a successful season in the league, comfortably sitting in third spot with a 19 point advantage over fourth place Dundee United.

Despite a bit of a shaky start, Neilson has turned things around in Edinburgh.

Last but certainly not least, Arbroath boss Dick Campbell secures a spot on the shortlist.

His Angus outfit narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the cinch Premiership after Kilmarnock pipped them to the post following a top of the table clash last week.

However, that does not take away from the Arbroath’s extraordinary efforts this campaign.

The Smokies started the season with the hopes of simply staying up in the Championship but finish it off with the hopes of Premiership football next season as they face the play-offs.


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