Celtic seal title in style

The Scottish Premier League trophy has green and white ribbons once more, as Celtic secured the title with an emphatic 6-0 win away at Kilmarnock. It was Neil Lennon’s first title after a troubled spell as Celtic boss.

Kilmarnock, who had denied Celtic’s hopes of a domestic treble by beating them in the League Cup final, were far more obliging this time, even allocating 3 sides of their ground to the travelling Celtic supporters.

"This is the best moment of my life professionally," Lennon said, after 2 years as Celtic manager and 10 years as a player. "I'm so proud of them. They deserve it. We have been the best team in Scotland by a long way and we have finished it in the right way."

Lennon’s time in charge has been turbulent, occasionally traumatic, and he has been the target of sectarian abuse and death threats. "I've been here 12 years and they've thrown everything at me," Lennon said. "I'm at the pinnacle now. I couldn't have done it without the club, the players, fans and my family."

Celtic’s 21-point lead over Rangers, who were docked 10 points for going into administration, underlines that the title chase in Scotland has been a non-event this season.

Celtic’s players wore T-shirts saying "this is just the beginning", but the financial plight of their city rivals may have a damaging effect on Celtic’s own prospects for the future. Without a meaningful rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, Scottish football will be increasingly hard to market to TV audiences in Scotland and overseas.

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