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Celtic 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Champions Celtic beat Hearts to become the first team to complete a Scottish top-flight season unbeaten for 118 years.

Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong secured a 34th win of the campaign for Brendan Rodgers' side, who were then presented with the Premiership trophy.

The feat was last achieved by Rangers in 1898-99, over an 18-game season.

And Celtic join Arsenal (2003-04) and Juventus (2011-12) in being unbeaten over a 38-game league season.

Rodgers' side, who won the League Cup in November, will attempt to win the club's first domestic treble since 2001 when they take on Aberdeen in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

Celtic celebrate
Celtic received their second trophy of the season and another could follow at Hampden next week

Records tumble for new 'Invincibles'

Celtic, who have won six top-flight titles in a row, are unbeaten in 46 domestic games this season (38 in league, eight in cups), and 47 domestic matches overall including the final league game of last season.

And they are unbeaten in 31 games in all competitions since losing to Barcelona in the Champions League on 23 November.

With the win and goals against Hearts, Celtic set new records for the Scottish Premier League/Premiership era, including goals, points, wins and margin of victory.

A graphic of Celtic's record this season

Professional and proficient

With so much anticipated from the hosts, Hearts head coach Ian Cathro sought to frustrate Celtic, restricting them to long-range efforts.

Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor came closest with those and Griffiths sent a free-kick into the side netting.

And it could have been Hearts that went in front, Bjorn Johnsen laying a free-kick off for Alexandros Tziolis to strike narrowly over.

Leigh Griffiths scores
Griffiths took his personal tally of goals to 18 for the season

When Celtic did get into the box, goalkeeper Viktor Noring was in fine form.

The Swedish stopper made an instinctive block to deny Dedryck Boyata at a corner and then punched away Patrick Roberts' dangerous cut-back.

However, Hearts' resistance was broken when Roberts danced clear on the right and set up Griffiths for a confident header.

And Griffiths was involved in the second, his cross not properly cleared and falling for Armstrong to finish.

Hearts restore some pride

Though sustaining a fourth straight defeat, Hearts competed well in Glasgow and fared much better than their 5-0 home loss to Celtic last month - the match that clinched the title for Rodgers' men.

Johnsen headed against the right-hand post from a Malaury Martin corner as Cathro's men sought consolation.

And substitute Martin's volley was then kept out by Craig Gordon late on.

Ian Cathro
Cathro took over from Robbie Neilson in December

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 12GamboaSubstituted forRogicat 45'minutes
  • 5SimunovicSubstituted forK Touréat 74'minutes
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forSviatchenkoat 79'minutes
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor
  • 11Sinclair
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 2K Touré
  • 6Bitton
  • 18Rogic
  • 24de Vries
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 49Forrest
  • 88Kouassi

Hearts

  • 13Noring
  • 19Nowak
  • 8BuabenBooked at 29minsSubstituted forWalkerat 66'minutes
  • 5Hughes
  • 29Brandon
  • 15Cowie
  • 4TziolisSubstituted forHendersonat 78'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 24SmithBooked at 55mins
  • 77Esmael GonçalvesSubstituted forMartinat 55'minutes
  • 20Johnsen

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 6Kitchen
  • 7Walker
  • 12Avlonitis
  • 16El Ouriachi
  • 49Henderson
  • 88Martin
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
58,967

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  3. Post update

    Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

  11. Post update

    Krystian Nowak (Heart of Midlothian) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott Brown.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

  16. Post update

    Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kolo Touré (Celtic).

  19. Post update

    Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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1Celtic3834401062581106
2Aberdeen382441074353976
3Rangers381910956441267
4St Johnstone38177145046458
5Hearts381210165552346
6Partick Thistle381012163854-1642
7Ross County381113144858-1046
8Kilmarnock38914153656-2041
9Motherwell38108204669-2338
10Dundee38107213862-2437
11Hamilton38714173756-1935
12Inverness CT38713184471-2734
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