Celtic broke through the 100-goals mark as they cruised past Dundee United on the day Neil Lennon's side were presented with the Premiership trophy.

Anthony Stokes nodded the opener before Georgios Samaras doubled the hosts' lead from the penalty spot, having been brought down by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

A Filip Twardzik own goal reduced Dundee United's deficit.

But Kris Commons restored the two-goal cushion with a fine finish following a slip by Keith Watson.

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras

Samaras made a scoring appearance on what is likely to be his last game for Celtic

The Celtic players took to the field wearing black armbands in memory of five-year-old fan Oscar Knox, who lost his battle with cancer this week, and applause rang around the ground after five minutes as a tribute.

There was a distinct end-of-season feel to the opening exchanges, with plenty of free-flowing football on show but little threat in either final third.

Dundee United will be back at Celtic Park next week for their Scottish Cup final date with St Johnstone, and Jackie McNamara's side looked comfortable in the surroundings.

Celtic's first sight of goal fell to Leigh Griffiths from a fine Scott Brown pass, but with the ball dropping over his shoulder, the hitman produced a fresh-air swipe.

Stokes then had a dig from the edge of the box but it lacked power and United goalkeeper Cierzniak gathered easily.

At the other end Paul Paton tried his luck, curling an effort over the bar from 20 yards after tenacious play from Morgaro Gomis.

The best chance of the opening hour fell to United front man Farid El Alagui five minutes after the break.

Mark Wilson fired an effort that Fraser Forster saved, and when the ball dropped to El Alagui a few yards out, he shot over with the goal gaping.

Minutes later Griffiths had the ball in the net after latching on to Stefan Johansen's through ball, but the flag was up for offside.

United's Ryan Gauld made way for Gary Mackay-Steven on the hour and Samaras, whose Celtic deal ends this summer, came on in place of Griffiths.

Anthony Stokes socres for Celtic against Dundee United

Stokes (third from left) opened the scoring with a header past Cierzniak

And Stokes made the breakthrough after 64 minutes, netting the club's 100th league goal of the campaign.

Commons was the creator, working the ball on to his right foot and delivering to the back post where the Irishman was waiting to nod beyond Cierzniak.

Ryan Dow went off for United and his replacement, Stuart Armstrong, almost made an immediate impact. El Alagui set him free down the left with an excellent header and the midfielder cut inside before drilling in a low effort, but Forster got down brilliantly to tip it round the post.

The hosts then doubled their lead from the penalty spot.

Samaras picked Gavin Gunning's pocket in the box with a fine sliding challenge and Cierzniak hauled the Greek to the ground. The forward then got to his feet and easily beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards, netting his first league goal at Celtic Park this season.

The two-goal cushion was short-lived, though, as United got back into the game thanks to a Twardzik own goal.

Mackay-Steven was played in down the right by Armstrong and his attempted centre was diverted past Forster by the Czech.

Celtic bagged another goal immediately through Commons' delicate finish after Keith Watson slipped and gifted possession to Stokes.

Substitute Beram Kayal missed a glaring chance as Celtic poured forward in search of more goals, but it mattered little as soon the title party ensued.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig (Kayal - 78' Booked )
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 25 Johansen
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown
  • 56 Twardzik (Pukki - 84' )
  • 10 Stokes
  • 15 Commons
  • 28 Griffiths (Samaras - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Samaras
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 20 Pukki
  • 22 Mouyokolo
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 33 Kayal
  • 53 Henderson

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak Booked
  • 16 Wilson
  • 02 Dillon
  • 08 Rankin (Fraser - 83' )
  • 12 Watson
  • 05 Gunning
  • 27 Gomis
  • 06 Paton
  • 29 El Alagui
  • 18 Dow (Armstrong - 69' )
  • 19 Gauld (Mackay-Steven - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Graham
  • 10 Armstrong
  • 11 Mackay-Steven
  • 21 Ciftci
  • 25 McCallum
  • 26 Robertson
  • 41 Fraser
Ref: William Collum
Att: 52,400

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

8 2

Corners

4 3

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 1.

90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Dundee United 1.

90:00 +1:52 Booking

Booking Beram Kayal (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

90:00 +1:47

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:12

Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

89:35

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

87:47

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:47

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

85:56

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

83:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Filip Twardzik.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces John Rankin.

81:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 3, Dundee United 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

80:03

Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:03

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

78:07 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Filip Twardzik, Celtic. Celtic 2, Dundee United 1.

77:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Beram Kayal replaces Mikael Lustig.

75:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 2, Dundee United 0. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

75:17 Booking

Booking Radoslaw Cierzniak (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

75:06

Penalty Celtic. Georgios Samaras draws a foul in the penalty area.

75:06

Penalty conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

70:46

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

70:46

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:33

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

69:24

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

68:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Stuart Armstrong replaces Ryan Dow.

67:37

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

66:19

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

63:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Dundee United 0. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

61:44

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

61:36

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Georgios Samaras replaces Leigh Griffiths.

59:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Ryan Gauld.

51:04

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

50:48

Attempt saved. Mark Wilson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

50:10

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

48:27

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

48:27

Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:30

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:30

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

45:47

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

45:47

Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:16

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:16

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Dundee United 0.

45:00 +0:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 0, Dundee United 0.

44:35

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:01

Filip Twardzik (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United).

42:18

Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

38:51

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:51

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

37:02

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mark Wilson.

34:22

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

34:22

Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:17

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:17

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

32:27

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

31:54

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

30:39

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

30:24

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:24

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

29:55

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:55

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

28:01

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

27:13

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

27:13

Keith Watson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:53

Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

23:53

Filip Twardzik (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:00

Hand ball by Filip Twardzik (Celtic).

22:24

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:24

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

21:25

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

21:16

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:02

Attempt missed. Mark Wilson (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

11:19

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

11:19

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:19

Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

8:16

Attempt blocked. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:00

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:57

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

4:51

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:51

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

4:27

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

4:27

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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