Celtic clinched the Scottish title in style via a demolition of Kilmarnock, with Charlie Mulgrew the architect.

Mulgrew scored two and set up two more as Neil Lennon's side, needing only a point, put the result beyond doubt by half-time at Rugby Park.

He headed in after eight minutes, Glenn Loovens nodded in nine minutes later, Mulgrew fired the 35th-minute third and Gary Hooper volleyed in on 45 minutes.

Joe Ledley chipped in after 88 minutes and Hooper shot home two minutes later.

Lennon's first title in his second full season as manager - and Celtic's first in four years - comes after they came from 15 points beind to overhaul holders Rangers, who began to stumble even before being docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League for going into administration in February.

For Kilmarnock, who lost 5-1 at home to the Ibrox side on the final day of last season, it meant once again being the whipping boys at a Scottish Premier League title party.

Lennon (right) and his backroom staff celebrated early at Rugby Park

Lennon (right) and his backroom staff celebrated early at Rugby Park

Having upset the odds to beat Celtic in last month's Scottish Communities League Cup final, the hosts would have had ambitions to repeat the trick here - and both sides began in determined mood, with players flying into the tackles - but it was Celtic who had soon muscled their way in front.

Ki Sung-Yueng's corner found Mulgrew storming unmarked into the six-yard box and the defender powered his near-post header down and over the line.

And thoughts of an upset were quickly dispelled as Loovens gave Celtic the second goal that put them firmly in command.

Mulgrew, playing at left-back, found himself on the right wing and his inswinging cross to the back post was met powerfully by the head of the Dutchman, who had escaped the attentions of Mahamadou Sissoko.

If it was not quite the three goals in seven minutes that put Rangers on easy street last season, but Celtic - for whom Adam Matthews, Kelvin Wilson and Ki Sung-Yueng started in place of Mikael Lustig, Thomas Rogne and Anthony Stokes - were nevertheless getting the job done five games before the end of the season.

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell had been unable to match his heroics from Hampden but was called upon to save on the line from another Mulgrew header before superbly punching over a fine, curling Ki free-kick.

However, Bell was left exposed again when Mulgrew turned inside James Fowler and curled a low drive into the far corner of the net from just inside the penalty box.

Bell produced a desperate save with his legs to deny a low drive from Georgios Samaras before cup final goal hero Dieter van Tornhout had Kilmarnock's first effort on goal with a looping header over the bar two minutes before the break.

There was still time before the interval for Hooper to blast a superb volley into the roof of the net from an acute angle after being found by Mulgrew's curling cross to the back post.

Two half-time substitutions seemed to revive Kilmarnock and they were first to threaten after the re-start, with Liam Kelly - making his first start since the death of his father after the League Cup final win - blasting over, before Forster had to push clear a low Gary Harkins cross.

Harkins sent a drive into the side-netting and Fowler fired over then shot straight at Forster as Kilmarnock threatened to reduce the arrears.

Celtic, appearing to go through the motions having secured the win that takes them 21 points clear of reigning champions Rangers, nevertheless finished with a flourish.

Ledley broke through to flick over Bell before Hooper fired past the goalkeeper from 18 yards to inflict Kilmarnock's heaviest-ever home defeat in the SPL.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 03 Hay (Dayton - 46' )
  • 04 Fowler
  • 06 Nelson
  • 19 Gordon
  • 88 Sissoko Booked
  • 08 Kelly Booked
  • 11 Harkins
  • 18 Johnson (Barbour - 47' )
  • 20 Shiels Booked
  • 27 Van Tornhout (Heffernan - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Letheren
  • 26 Pursehouse
  • 46 Barbour
  • 10 Dayton
  • 22 Racchi
  • 33 Kennedy
  • 14 Heffernan

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 06 Wilson
  • 21 Mulgrew (Blackman - 76' )
  • 22 Loovens Booked
  • 02 Matthews
  • 08 Brown (Twardzik - 48' )
  • 16 Ledley Booked
  • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung
  • 09 Samaras (Stokes - 69' )
  • 15 Commons
  • 88 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 11 Cha Du-Ri
  • 39 Blackman
  • 56 Twardzik
  • 40 Ibrahim
  • 10 Stokes
  • 17 Brozek
Ref: Muir
Att: 15,926

Match Stats

Shots

4 12

On target

2 9

Corners

2 8

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:28 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:41

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

89:06

Assist (pass) by Kris Commons (Celtic) from centre of penalty area.

89:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Hooper - Kilmarnock 0 - 6 Celtic Goal by Gary Hooper (Celtic) volleyed right-footed (top-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Kilmarnock 0-6 Celtic.

87:40

Assist (pass) by Anthony Stokes (Celtic) from left channel.

87:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Ledley - Kilmarnock 0 - 5 Celtic Goal by Joe Ledley (Celtic) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Kilmarnock 0-5 Celtic.

86:44

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

85:40

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

85:32

Cross by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock), resulting in ball out of play.

84:39

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

84:17 Booking

Booking Joe Ledley (Celtic) booked for unsporting behaviour.

83:34

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic) on Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.

82:58

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

82:18

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Celtic) on Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.

81:30

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

81:19

Shot by Filip Twardzik (Celtic) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

79:01

Shot by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Celtic substitution: Charlie Mulgrew replaced by Andre Blackman (injury).

75:26

Shot by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

74:04

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki (Celtic) to centre, resulting in open play.

73:39

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) on Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.

72:34

Defending throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

71:53

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) to centre, clearance by Kelvin Wilson (Celtic).

71:30

Attacking throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

70:42

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

69:05

Foul by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock) on Anthony Stokes (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from right channel, resulting in open play.

68:46

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

68:11 Substitution

Substitution Celtic substitution: Georgios Samaras replaced by Anthony Stokes (tactical).

67:57

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic) on Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.

66:57

Attacking throw-in by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock).

66:33

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

65:49

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

65:28

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

64:47

Defending throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

64:24

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

63:54

Attacking throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

62:53

Attacking throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

62:29

Attacking throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

61:50

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

61:08

Clearance by Glenn Loovens (Celtic).

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Dieter Van Tornhout replaced by Paul Heffernan (tactical).

60:47

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) to centre,

59:47

Defending throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

58:44

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

57:18

Foul by Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock) on Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Joe Ledley (Celtic) from right channel, passed.

56:43

Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

56:27

Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

55:08

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Kris Commons (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from left channel (18 yards), hit wall.

55:08 Booking

Booking Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

54:47

Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

54:35

Attacking throw-in by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

54:18

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

53:40

Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

53:08

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

53:00

Shot by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

52:04

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

51:42

Defending throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

51:15

Free kick taken right-footed by Kris Commons (Celtic) from right channel, resulting in open play.

51:15 Booking

Booking Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

50:55

Foul by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) on Kris Commons (Celtic).

50:08

Attacking throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

49:14

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

48:48

Foul by Filip Twardzik (Celtic) on Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock) from right channel, passed.

48:28

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

47:01 Substitution

Substitution Celtic substitution: Scott Brown replaced by Filip Twardzik (tactical).

46:31 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Lee Johnson replaced by Ross Barbour (tactical).

45:43 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Garry Hay replaced by James Dayton (tactical).

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:58

Defending throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

44:39

Assist (cross) by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from left wing.

44:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Hooper - Kilmarnock 0 - 4 Celtic Goal by Gary Hooper (Celtic) volleyed right-footed (high centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic.

43:31

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

43:23

Header by Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

43:01

Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

41:25

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

41:05

Attacking throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

40:17

Foul by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) on Glenn Loovens (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Fraser Forster (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.

39:56

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

39:12

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

37:51

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Kris Commons (Celtic) to centre, clearance by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

37:41

Shot by Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

36:44

Attacking throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

36:25

Attacking throw-in by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

35:45

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

35:36

Attacking throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).

34:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Mulgrew - Kilmarnock 0 - 3 Celtic Goal by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) curled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Kilmarnock 0-3 Celtic.

32:51

Defending throw-in by Kelvin Wilson (Celtic).

31:23

Kris Commons (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.

30:53

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

30:41

Cross by Gary Hooper (Celtic), header by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

30:08

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Kris Commons (Celtic) to short, resulting in open play.

27:48

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Kris Commons (Celtic) to centre, save (punched) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

26:49

Free kick taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from left channel, shot by Sung-Yeung Ki (Celtic) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

26:49 Booking

Booking Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

26:37

Foul by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) on Kris Commons (Celtic).

26:05

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

25:04

Foul by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock) on Glenn Loovens (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Glenn Loovens (Celtic) from right channel, resulting in open play.

24:41

Attacking throw-in by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

23:50

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

22:44

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Kris Commons (Celtic) to centre, header by Glenn Loovens (Celtic) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

22:12

Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

21:38

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic) on James Fowler (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Johnson (Kilmarnock) from left wing, resulting in open play.

20:55

Foul by Gary Hooper (Celtic) on Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock) from left channel, resulting in open play.

20:28

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

17:30 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Celtic) booked for unsporting behaviour.

16:07

Assist (cross) by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) from right wing.

16:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Glenn Loovens - Kilmarnock 0 - 2 Celtic Headed goal by Glenn Loovens (Celtic) (bottom-right of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic.

15:38

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Joe Ledley (Celtic) to centre, resulting in open play.

15:07

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki (Celtic) to centre, clearance by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

14:39

Defending throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

14:00

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

12:49

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic) on Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) from left channel, resulting in open play.

12:40

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

12:31

Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).

11:25

Gary Hooper (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

10:10

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic) on Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.

9:34

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

7:12

Assist (cross) by Sung-Yeung Ki (Celtic) from left by-line.

7:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Mulgrew - Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Celtic headed goal by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic.

6:44

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki (Celtic) to centre,

6:04

Attacking throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

5:48

Foul by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) on Kelvin Wilson (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Matthews (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.

4:57

Defending throw-in by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

4:38

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

3:51

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

2:56

Foul by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) on Gary Hooper (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Matthews (Celtic) from right wing, passed.

0:19

Attacking throw-in by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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