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Celtic win SPL title after showcase win at Kilmarnock

Celtic are SPL champions again after beating Kilmarnock in their penultimate game.

Joe Hart

Brendan Rodgers and Celtic have pipped Rangers to the SPL title after beating Kilmarnock 5-0 away from home.

The Bhoys needed a point to guarantee their status as champions once again, retaining their 2023 crown.

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It marks an 11th league title in 12 years for the Glaswegian side and they continue to be Scotland’s dominant force, despite their biggest rivals pushing them all the way this term.

Rangers are now six points behind their neighbours and will have to regroup for 2024-25 as they look to win their first title since 2021.

It was more of a formality that Celtic would be crowned and they comfortably swept Wednesday night’s opponents aside.

They were ahead after eight minutes thanks to Adam Idah, who turned home Matt O’Riley’s cross from deep.

Kilmarnock were asking for a foul after Robbie Deas appeared to be hit with an elbow and he was left with a bloody nose as the celebrations went on in the away end.

The party really started six minutes later when Celtic went 2-0 up.

Alistair Johnston picked out Daizen Maeda for a simple tap-in and the champions were in cruise control from that point onwards.

Their third was a lovely move involving the wingers.

Daizen Maeda provided a low ball across goal for James Forrest to bury first time, putting his side 3-0 up before half-time.

It did not take long into the second half before Rodgers’ men had a fourth.

O’Riley was at it again, this time taking the credit for himself as he fired one into the top-right corner from the edge of the box.

Kilmarnock had a goal ruled out for what would have been a consolation but Celtic piled on the misery in response.

O’Riley took a pass from Nicolas Kuhn in the area and coolly slotted past the keeper.

Thankfully for the hosts, that was the last goal of the game and the celebrations started on the pitch as the referee blew his whistle for full-time.

Although the league title is out of sight for Rangers, they will have the chance to exact revenge on Celtic in the Scottish Cup final on 25 May.

Both will first finish their domestic campaigns on Saturday, with Celtic playing St. Mirren while Rangers travel to Hearts.

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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