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Rodgers never doubted Celtic title triumph

The Celtic boss was delighted with his players as they won the SPL title in style.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers never had any doubts that his Celtic team would retain the SPL title.

The Bhoys strolled over the line in emphatic style on Wednesday night, beating Kilmarnock 5-0 away from home to confirm their status as champions.

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Arch-rivals Rangers sit six points behind their Glaswegian neighbours and are unable to spoil the party on the final day.

It looked like Celtic may not even need to win their penultimate game when Rangers went 2-0 down to Dundee on Tuesday.

But they managed to come from behind and keep their faint hopes alive for an extra 24 hours.

Rodgers made sure his team were fired up heading to Kilmarnock and goals from Adam Idah, Daizen Maeda, James Forrest and Matt O’Riley capped off a perfect night.

The head coach said after the game: “Our performance level was immense. This was always going to be a really tough game.

“Everything I want in the team, technique, speed, power, mobility, creativity, it was all there.

“Overall, it was a brilliant team performance and a great way to clinch the title. We wanted to sprint over the line and we went over it really quickly.”

Champions again

The win marked Celtic’s 11th title in 12 years and their third in a row.

The Hoops have only lost three times all season in the league and will be looking to add more silverware to their collection when they take on Rangers in another Old Firm Scottish Cup final later this month.

But for now, Rodgers is happy to celebrate their title success and admits he always had faith his players would deliver.

He said: “There was a lot of pressure on the players, but you only need to look at the results and the performances to see how they coped.

“It means a lot [for me]. There were question marks over me: Was I good enough to be here? Could I manage this team? Could I get them to play the level of football expected?

“If you doubt it can be an issue for you, but I never had any doubts this season. As the season has gone on we’ve got better and better.

“I’m so pleased for the supporters, over these last few months we’ve all come together.”

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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.