Celtic destroyed Kilmarock to retain Scottish Premiership Title

May 16, 2024
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Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership for the third year in a row, defeating Kilmarnock 5-0 at Rugby Park.

Celtic destroyed Kilmarock to retain Scottish Premiership Title

Brendan Rodgers makes a victorious return as he wins his first trophy since taking over the Glasgow club for the second time. The former Liverpool manager succeeded Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou less than a year ago and signed a three-year contract.

Celtic secured their 54th domestic title in the penultimate round

Celtic headed into the night knowing that avoiding defeat would ensure victory over fierce rivals Rangers in their quest for the title. The Celts celebrated comfortably, winning 5-0 away at Rugby Park.

Adam Ida gave the visitors the lead after just five minutes, while Daizen Maeda extended their lead with 12 minutes remaining. James Forrest added a third, ensuring a comfortable half-time lead.

Celtic were persistent in securing three points, and Matt O’Riley sealed the title with a shot from the outskirts of the area after 51 minutes. Former Fulham teenager O’Riley scored his second goal, giving the club a five-goal advantage.

That was enough to secure three points on the night and the Premiership title for another year. However, Celtic delivered the key blow against Old Firm rivals Rangers only a few days ago.

Rodgers’ team won 2-1 at Celtic Park thanks to a Matt O’Riley score and an own-goal by John Lundstram, who was sent off before the second half began. That gave Celtic a six-point lead at the top of the table, implying that Gers would need perfection and a mistake by the Hoops to have any chance of triumph.

Rangers grabbed three points against Dundee to keep their title aspirations alive, but Celtic easily defeated them on Wednesday evening. The Bhoys may now enjoy their final encounter of the season at home against St Mirren.

Former Celtic attacker Chris Sutton was thrilled to see the club’s continued success and singled out certain players for appreciation.

He stated on X: “Congratulations to Brendan Rodgers and Celtic on again another title. Joe Hart, Matt O’Riley, Callum McGregor, and James Forrest all deserve special recognition. “Repeated winners who do their talking on the field.”

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