Celtic clinch SPL title

A review of Sunday's action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League as Celtic wrap up the title in style.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 18:51 Post Comment

Celtic: 2012/3 Scottish Premier League champions

Celtic: 2012/3 Scottish Premier League champions

Celtic have retained the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title with a 4-1 victory over Inverness at Celtic Park.

After a goalless hour, Gary Hooper (61) and Joe Ledley (66) kick-started the kind of joyous atmosphere Neil Lennon had called for ahead of the game, and Hooper's party-piece third on 73 minutes added lustre to the scoreline.

Georgios Samaras smashed a late fourth, and the home support sang on even as Aaron Doran scored a consolation for Terry Butcher's side in injury-time.

High in the stands the Hoops' suspended manager savoured a second straight title success sitting among supporters whose thoughts now turn to Hampden Park next month and the prospect of a first domestic double for six years.

Ross County captain Richard Brittain scored a double at McDiarmid Park to secure a 2-2 draw against St Johnstone.

Brittain, who has been trying to persuade Saints to tear up the pre-contract agreement he signed with the Perth club in January, levelled with expertly-taken penalties 14 minutes from the start and end of the game.

Steven MacLean and Murray Davidson both headed Saints in front but the draw only really favoured Motherwell and Inverness, who occupy the two European places on offer behind champions Celtic.

Motherwell are now one win away from securing a Europa League spot while Caley Thistle have a four-point lead over St Johnstone with County a point further behind.


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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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