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Neil Lennon and Stephen Robinson are top of a Scottish manager nominee list that is a credit to Irish FA's coaching course

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is one of three Scottish Manager of the Year nominees that completed their Pro License in Belfast.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is one of three Scottish Manager of the Year nominees that completed their Pro License in Belfast.

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is one of three Scottish Manager of the Year nominees that completed their Pro License in Belfast.

As the nominees were released this week by the Scottish sports writers for their manager of the year, there weren't any surprises on the list.

Celtic's Neil Lennon, Motherwell's Stephen Robinson, two Northern Ireland men of course, and Gary Holt of Livingston are the clear standouts in the Premiership as their sides excelled. Dick Campbell of Championship Arbroath makes up the quartet as his club exceeded all expectations.

The interesting thing that stands out from the three Premiership candidates is that they all completed their Uefa Pro Licence in Belfast. The Irish FA's coach education system has been attended by many top candidates over the years so to see coaches progress into top level management is a great testimony to Nigel Best and his team.