Kris Commons scored twice as Celtic all but sealed a second straight Scottish Premier League championship.

The Scotland international beat Hibernian goalkeeper Ben Williams with a strike in each half to put the hosts in command.

And Mikael Lustig converted Joe Ledley's cross to complete a comfortable win for Neil Lennon's side.

Celtic need only avoid defeat in their next league match for the title win to be declared a mathematical certainty.

Lennon's men lead Motherwell by 15 points with five matches to play and Celtic have a vastly superior goal difference.

An inviting ball into the Celtic box from Leigh Griffiths was missed by everyone and bounced just past the post as Hibs sought to make an early breakthrough.

But the home side soon took conrol and Commons gathered Gary Hooper's pass to tuck the ball past Ben Williams.

Anthony Stokes and Hooper combined to send the latter through on goal but the club's top scorer could get enough on the shot.

Commons' second owed much to poor defending as he was allowed to turn in the box and send a shot beyond Williams shortly after the break.

Celtic were playing confidence and a 25-yard strike by Anthony Stokes was beaten out by Williams.

Hat-trick-chasing Commons got the ball caught under his feet as he tried to convert a Hooper pass moments later.

Lustig had set up Commons' second and the Swede added his own name to the scoresheet just after the hour.

But Hibs players claimed unsuccessfully that Lustig had used his hand and not his head to turn the ball into the net.

Hooper headed wide shortly after news of St Mirren taking the lead against Motherwell raised excitement levels at Celtic Park.

However, a late equaliser for 'Well put the champagne on ice.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 06 Wilson
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 23 Lustig (Samaras - 69' )
  • 15 Commons (Rogic - 78' )
  • 16 Ledley
  • 67 Wanyama
  • 10 Stokes
  • 88 Hooper (McCourt - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 05 Gershon
  • 18 Rogic
  • 20 McCourt
  • 33 Kayal
  • 09 Samaras
  • 32 Watt

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake
  • 07 Deegan (Stevenson - 74' )
  • 08 Claros
  • 14 Wotherspoon (Cairney - 59' )
  • 33 Harris
  • 38 Thomson (Robertson - 64' )
  • 09 Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 37 Forster
  • 11 Cairney
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 28 Robertson
  • 10 Doyle
  • 24 Handling
Ref: Beaton
Att: 49,174

Match Stats

Shots

8 1

On target

8 1

Corners

4 1

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:44

Georgios Samaras is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

89:32

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Ben Williams makes a save.

89:17

Victor Wanyama has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by James McPake.

86:54

Joe Ledley challenges Leigh Griffiths unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leigh Griffiths.

83:51

Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths.

83:51 Substitution

Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for Gary Hooper.

83:51

Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Cairney.

82:28

Gary Hooper is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

79:44

Unfair challenge on Alex Harris by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Paul Cairney takes the direct free kick.

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Tom Rogic on for Kris Commons.

76:21

Georgios Samaras fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Wanyama takes the direct free kick.

73:56 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Stevenson is brought on as a substitute for Gary Deegan.

71:57

A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, Ben Williams makes a save.

69:59

Gary Deegan challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

68:19 Substitution

Substitution Georgios Samaras is brought on as a substitute for Mikael Lustig.

65:23

The ball is crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

63:26

Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

63:26 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thomson goes off and Scott Robertson comes on.

63:26

The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper.

62:17

Anthony Stokes challenges James McPake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

60:04

Assist on the goal came from Joe Ledley.

60:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Mikael Lustig - Celtic 3 - 0 Hibernian Mikael Lustig scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Celtic 3-0 Hibernian.

59:40

Kris Commons decides to take the corner short.

58:23

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

58:23 Substitution

Substitution Paul Cairney joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Wotherspoon.

58:23

The referee blows for offside.

57:05

James McPake challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

55:39

Inswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line.

53:39

Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

53:23

Shot by Anthony Stokes. Save by Ben Williams.

51:16

Assist by Mikael Lustig.

51:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Commons - Celtic 2 - 0 Hibernian Kris Commons gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hibernian.

51:07

The ball is sent over by Mikael Lustig,

49:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Anthony Stokes. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

47:49

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

46:14

A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

44:55

Unfair challenge on James McPake by Anthony Stokes results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

44:02

Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Alex Harris results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.

43:14

Ryan McGivern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons. Mikael Lustig takes the free kick.

41:33

Victor Wanyama challenges Kevin Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

41:22 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

37:51

Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. Tim Clancy takes the direct free kick.

36:55

Kris Commons delivers the ball, Ben Williams makes a save.

36:04

The offside flag is raised against Jorge Claros. Free kick taken by Mikael Lustig.

31:09

Foul by Jorge Claros on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.

27:17

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

26:31

A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew.

26:14

Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Blocked by Tim Clancy.

15:28

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew.

15:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Commons - Celtic 1 - 0 Hibernian Kris Commons finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hibernian.

0:00

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