Celtic become champions of Scotland

Celtic have clinched the SPL title for the 45th time in the clubs history after a resounding 5-1 win over Patrick Thistle.Celtic celebrate

Due to Aberdeen drawing with Ross County on Sunday, Celtic were given the opportunity to claim their 3rd successive league title with a visit to 10th placed Patrick Thistle.

The Glaswegian club took their chance with both hands as Anthony Stokes latched onto a header to give his side a lead after just 4 minutes of play.

Celtic fans then had to wait until the second half until they saw the ball in the back of the net, this time substitute Liam Henderson scored from just inside the box. Shortly after in the 54th minute the game was put to bed as Johansen added another.

Patrick Thistle eventually responded in the 85th minute with an Elliot goal but Celtic replied immediately as they scored two 90th minute goals, one from Stokes and the other from Commons.

During this campaign the domestic champions have had many star players, the most notable though are Kris Commons and Virgil van Dijk.

Commons has been vital to the clubs success, his attacking credentials have earned him 24 goals along with 5 assists in a stellar season that has to go down as one of his best in his career so far.

Van Dijk, the Dutchman brought in from FC Groningen, a club renowned for bringing in the likes of Arjen Robben and Luis Suarez through their youth academy, have produced yet another talented individual. The 6’3″ defender has been a rock at the back and has ensured his side have kept 19 clean sheets this season, the defender has also been a threat going forward, showing the league his attacking talents when he scored a brace against Ross Country.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster also deserves an honourable mention for a terrific season, which saw him earn his first cap for the England National team.dijk and commons

Neil Lennon’s third championship title  is an impressive feat, his side have only lost once in their 31 league games and they have 7 games remaining to become the first Scottish team to reach 105 points. However the last two seasons have somewhat been inevitable with the hoops main rivals, Rangers, being absent from the league due to going into liquidation.

Ranger’s demise in the Scottish league has left a large void unfilled, the gap between Celtic and the rest appears to be growing exponentially. And with Rangers being absent for at least another year it seems the SPL is going to stay as a monopoly for yet one more season.

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