Celtic confirmed a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title courtesy of a 3-2 win over nearest challengers Aberdeen at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon.
Celtic required just one point from their final three games to see of the challenge of Derek McInnes’ Dons and they got the job done in Glasgow, albeit only after a second half rally from the visitors.
Patrick Roberts, on loan at Celtic from Manchester City, arrowed a tremendous opener past Adam Collin on seven minutes.
You can see down in England, it’s not just a case of going out and doing it.
The Englishman doubled his tally on 20 minutes, curling home from the edge of the box after being played in by Leigh Griffiths.
The Bhoys looked to be in complete control when Mikael Lustig made in 3-0 shortly after half time but they were forced to work hard when Niall McGinn and Andrew Considine trimmed the margin down to the bare minimum with 25 minutes left.
The home side held out however to ensure departing manager Ronny Deila made it two title wins in two seasons at the helm.
The laboured second half performance from the champions was arguably synonymous with the problems Deila has encountered during his time in Scotland as his side struggled to piece together a complete performance.
The Norwegian said it was a relief to have secured the title, the number one target for Celtic domestically.
“It’s a great day, the most important thing is to be champions of Scotland. That’s the fifth in a row and hopefully this club is going to get many more in the future,” Deila told Sky Sports.
“Celtic is an unbelievably big club, a lot of money and things like that but at the same time you have do it. You can see down in England, it’s not just a case of going out and doing it.
“There is a lot of young talent in this squad. They have a bright future ahead of them and they have learned a lot during the last two years that I have been here.”
Meanwhile, Rangers are 10/11 to defeat Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final later this month. The Edinburgh side are 11/4 to triumph at Hampden Park.