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Celtic's Lennon thrilled for Commons, van Dijk, Forster

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted to see three of his players on the shortlist for this season's Scottish Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year award.

Star midfielder Kris Commons, defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Fraser Forster are on a four-man shortlist for the SPFA award which has prompted Lennon to speak highly of the trio who have been an integral part of the Hoops title-winning squad this term.

Lennon felt his captain Scott Brown could have also received a nomination but was happy that the aforementioned threesome would battle it out with Kilmarnock ace Kris Boyd.

"I would probably have had Scott Brown in there as well as he's had a brilliant season, not just for his club but his country as well," he said in an exclusive interview with the club's official website.

"But I'm delighted for those three. Kris has had a phenomenal season, and Fraser has been breaking records this season and made the England squad, which is a tremendous achievement playing in Scotland.

"Virgil has probably been one our best signings. We have made some good ones over the years but he has taken to life at Celtic like duck of water and looks to have tremendous potential for the future.

"You take pride from it - pride in the way they have developed during my time here. I was disappointed not to get any last year so to get three this year is very pleasing, obviously."

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