Celtic beat Kilmarnock 6-0 at Rugby Park to confirm what everyone had known would happen for weeks.
Having trailed Rangers by 15 points in October; manager Neil Lennon hailed this title as the “best moment of my career. It’s been a long time coming, but to win the title having been 15 points behind is a great achievement by my players.”
Fittingly, this was one of Celtic’s most impressive performances of the season as they roared to a 4-0 half-time lead through early goals from Loovens, a brace from Mulgrew and another from Hooper on the whistle for half-time. Goals in the last two minutes of the 90 from Ledley and Hooper’s second in injury time added to the party atmosphere with Rangers 3-1 win over St. Mirren rendered academic.
This was Celtic’s first SPL title win in four years and the first of Neil Lennon’s often traumatic two year reign at Celtic Park. The club can now look forward to next week’s Scottish Cup semi final meeting with Hearts at Hampden Park and in this form, the Hoops must now be favorites to win the Double.
The match at Rugby Park was effectively a home fixture for Celtic as officials moved Killie fans to one stand, with Celtic supporters occupying more three quarters of the ground. The move earned a much needed £150,000 for Kilmarnock’s coffers so everybody went home happy.
The victory must be tinged with some regret however for Celtic as it was the Ayrshire club that beat the Celts in last month’s Scottish League Cup Final. Killie goalkeeper Cammy Bell was however man-of-the-match on that day and the gulf in class was apparent almost from the first whistle at Rugby Park on Saturday as Celtic claimed a 43rd SPL title with the final whistle being greeted by rapturous applause from the majority of the 15,000 plus crowd.