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Watch the full time scenes as Celtic Park enjoys Derby delight

After 90 plus minutes Celtic secured another Glasgow Derby victory to go six points clear with two matches left to play.

First half goals from Matt O’Riley and John Lundstram delivered the points and a gap that requires a point against Kilmarnock or St Mirren to secure title number 54, a 12th in 13 seasons, all won in front of adoring fans.

Just a few months back it looked like Celtic would need to win the post split Derby to remain in the title race but taking full points away to Ross County and Dundee isn’t for everyone.

Rodgers had to dig deep into his squad, key players missed large chunks of the season but today, in Match 36 he had his first choice midfield feeding a front three that were all capable of hurting their opponents.

Celtic set the tone early on, John Souttar almost popped in a first minute own goal with Matt O’Riley and James Forrest also coming close to opening the scoring.

Having ridden their luck the visitors played their way into the match but in the 35th minute they went behind with a brilliantly worked goal down the right flank that was finished by O’Riley from Callum McGregor’s pass.

Three minutes later, after a flare had been removed Celtic looked to be in easy street when John Lundstram steered a Daizen Maeda cut-back into his own net.

Maeda carried his run on straight into the Celtic support, the whole stadium rocked but within a minute of the restart Cyriel Dessers headed past Joe Hart to instantly drop the decibel level across the stadium.

After all that effort Celtic were only one goal in front but they were to get a significant advantage before the half-time break when Lundstram was deservedly sent off for a brutal assault on Alistair Johnston.


Against 10 men Celtic dominated the second half but failed to build on their lead, most noticeably in the 53rd minute when O’Riley’s penalty was saved by Jack Butland.

Celtic dominated possession, pressed their opponents back but didn’t have the composure to finish the match with the third goal.

Inevitably nerves kicked in, Celtic dropped deeper and deeper but Dessers never got a sniff of goal with Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe showing why they are back up at best to the lumbering Nigerian striker.

Seven minutes were added, Collum went beyond that but finally the whistle blew with Celtic six points and seven goals better off going into the last two matches.

Another SPFL title is within touching distance with all of the credit going to the manager and a diminishing core group of players that will never accept a slipping in standards as they continue to dominate domestic football.

No matter how much is won the post match scenes of days like today are to be enjoyed to the full, especially with the opposition seen off under A Proper Football Manager.

Celtic: Hart, Johnston (Ralston 74′), Carter-Vickers, Scales, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate (Tomoki 80′), Forrest (Kühn 72′), Kyogo (Idah 71′), Maeda

Subs: Palma, Nawrocki, Paulo Bernardo, Bain, Welsh

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