STEVE Clarke of Scotland, Callum Davidson of St Johnstone, Steven Gerrard of Rangers and David Martindale of Livingston have all been shortlisted for the 2021 William Hill Manager of the Year award by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association (SFWA).

Clarke, who won the SFWA award in 2018 and 2019 when he was in charge of Kilmarnock, led the national team to the finals of a major tournament for the first time in 23 years in November when his team won the Euro 2020 play-off final against Serbia in Belgrade.

Davidson, who is in his first managerial role and was only appointed last summer, led the Perth club to the Betfred Cup, only the second major honour in their 137-year history, in February when they beat Livingston in the final at Hampden.    

St Johnstone have also finished in the top six of the Premiership in the 2020/21 campaign and are set to play St Mirren in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Liverpool and England great Gerrard oversaw Rangers’ first Scottish title win in 10 years, the Ibrox club’s first since their financial implosion back in 2012, this season and prevented Celtic from completing 10-In-A-Row.

The Glasgow club haven’t lost any of their 36 Premiership games and can go unbeaten in the top flight for the first time in 122 years and become ‘Invincibles’ if they avoid defeat against Livingston away next Wednesday and Aberdeen at home three days later.

Martindale, who spent three-and-a-half years in prison after admitting to being involved in organised crime, took over from Gary Holt as manager at the Tony Macaroni Stadium at the end of last year and was passed as a fit and proper person by the SFA in January.

He has since led Livingston to the Betfred Cup final and the top six of the Premiership. The West Lothian club can also qualify for Europe if they finish fifth in the league and Hibs win the Scottish Cup.