Lennon's Celtic win third title in a row

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014
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The celebrations are underway at Celtic after Neil Lennon's side clinched their third successive Scottish Premiership title.

Lennon's Celtic win third title in a row
Lennon and the Celtic staff celebrate. (© PA)

An emphatic 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill made the Hoops champions for a 45th time with seven games to go.

Lurgan-born Lennon praised his players and said he will be looking to build on the team's successes next season.

"We are seeing the evolution of another team," he said.

"We have had two campaigns and we will do everything we can to have a third one, and I will look to improve on the domestic cup competitions but in terms of the league, I couldn't ask for any more from the players."

Goals from Anthony Stokes, Liam Henderson, Stefan Johansen and Kris Commons against Partick on Wednesday evening saw Celtic wrap up the title in style.

The champions have suffered just one defeat in the Scottish league this season, to Aberdeen at Pittodrie, and with three draws and seven matches left they can reach a record 105 points.

Lennon said he also has an eye on taking the team forward in Europe.

"It is not just about domestic success, we strive to be a successful Champions League side, which is important," the former Northern Ireland captain added.

"There are some truly world class players here. I think in Virgil van Dijk you have everything you want in a modern-day centre-half and in Fraser Forster you have one of the greatest goalkeepers in Celtic's history and he can go on to be anything he wants to be.

"Scott Brown has been magnificent and Charlie Mulgrew, Leigh Griffiths, Kris Commons, James Forrest; they are the core of the team and players I can hang my hat on, but all the players have made contributions to where we are."

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36 Comments
Colin in Carryduff wrote (213 days ago):
Don't watch much Scottish football but there is no sustained competition in the league for Celtic and this is now reflected in attendances. There is the Champions League football and to reach a level to compete is an achievement. The cup competitions can give some competition as some of the teams can compete in one-off games. Rangers would need to get back up next season but with Hearts etc this wont be easy but needed for the good of Scottish football.
martin in belfast wrote (215 days ago):
celtic will win this league every year now. They need to join the english leagues to find a bit of competition.
Hooper in Belfast wrote (215 days ago):
Those sour grapes must be really bitter. HH :-)
bigdog in belfast wrote (216 days ago):
whos the gers??
Alan in Glasgow wrote (216 days ago):
Here we go 10 in a row
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