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Celtic clinch 44th Scottish title

Published: Sunday 21 April 2013, 15.56CET
Celtic FC retained the Scottish title with four games to spare following a 4-1 defeat of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, with manager Neil Lennon hailing his "fantastic, talented young team".
Celtic clinch 44th Scottish title
Neil Lennon and his players celebrate their victory ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 21 April 2013, 15.56CET

Celtic clinch 44th Scottish title

Celtic FC retained the Scottish title with four games to spare following a 4-1 defeat of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, with manager Neil Lennon hailing his "fantastic, talented young team".

Celtic FC have retained the Scottish Premier League title with four games to spare following a convincing 4-1 victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

Even at kick-off, Celtic knew that second-placed Motherwell FC could only overturn what then stood at a 12-point deficit with an improbable swing in goal difference, but this home win removed all mathematical doubt. It represents the Hoops' 44th league crown, leaving them ten behind rivals Rangers FC, who were absent from the top flight for the first time this season.

Inverness kept out Celtic in the first half but in the 61st minute Gary Hooper struck after taking receipt of Kris Commons's pass. Five minutes later, Joe Ledley turned in a Mikael Lustig cross and Hooper soon had another after being set up by Commons. Giorgos Samaras completed the victory with a neat finish from a tight angle two minutes from time before the visitors pulled one back through Aaron Doran.

"We have a fantastic, talented young team who have brought great memories to the club this year," manager Neil Lennon said: "It is a privilege to manage this club and to win the championship again, I'm so proud for the players and fans, they are the ones that make the club what it is."

Lennon's side begin the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round, hoping to make the group stage for a second consecutive season. Celtic's title success means the team they face in the Scottish Cup final on 26 May at Hampden Park, Hibernian FC, are assured a UEFA Europa League berth, while Motherwell look almost certain to take one of Scotland's other two slots. Despite today's loss, Inverness remain in third.

Last updated: 22/04/13 1.08CET

Results

Scottish Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 21/04/2013 19:52 CET

21/04/2013

St JohnstoneSt Johnstone2-2Ross CountyRoss County

McLean 6, M. Davidson 25

Brittain 15 (P), 76 (P)

Venue: St Johnstone

21/04/2013

CelticCeltic4-1InvernessInverness

Hooper 61, 73, Ledley 66, Samaras 88

Doran 90+2

Venue: Glasgow

20/04/2013

St MirrenSt Mirren1-2DundeeDundee

Thompson 52

McAlister 40, Finnigan 81

Venue: St Mirren

20/04/2013

KilmarnockKilmarnock0-1HeartsHearts

Sutton 4

Venue: Kilmarnock

19/04/2013

Dundee UnitedDundee United1-3MotherwellMotherwell

Daly 69

Higdon 2, 55, Ojamaa 8

Venue: Dundee

Standings

Last updated: 21/04/2013 19:52 CET

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