Celtic clinch title in style

  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 22:55 GMT

A review of Wednesday's action in the Scottish Premiership, as Celtic clinched the title with a 5-1 victory at Partick.

Watch highlights as Celtic won their third successive title with a 5-1 victory over their old Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle at Firhill.
Watch highlights as Celtic won their third successive title with a 5-1 victory over their old Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Celtic clinched the Scottish Premiership title in style with an emphatic 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Anthony Stokes headed the visitors into the lead in the third minute before 17-year-old substitute Liam Henderson, on for right-back Adam Matthews at the start of the second-half, opened his Celtic account in the 49th minute with a low drive from 12 yards.

Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen added a third goal in the 53rd minute to confirm the superiority of Neil Lennon's side, who responded to losing a late goal to Jags substitute Christie Elliott by scoring another two through Stokes and Kris Commons.

Celtic's third successive championship victory has been as comprehensive as it was inevitable, with traditional rivals Rangers still battling back to the top flight following their descent into administration and then liquidation.

The Hoops have lost only once in the league this season - against Aberdeen at Pittodrie - with three games drawn and with seven matches remaining they can reach a record 105 points which will be Lennon's target.

Thistle, valiant as they were, will continue in their battle to stay away from the relegation play-off spot and may well succeed but tonight belonged to the Hoops - who captured the top flight title at the earliest date in the calendar since 1928/29, when Rangers won it on March 16.

Dundee United deservedly overcame Inverness at Tannadice 2-1 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Europe.

Jackie McNamara's side continued their recent run of fine form thanks to second-half goals from Ryan Gauld and Ryan Dow, which were enough to give them the points despite substitute Liam Polworth's late strike for John Hughes' men.

It now means they are five points behind second-placed Aberdeen. who they face this weekend, while Caley Thistle's European aspirations look something of a long shot.