Celtic 4 St Johnstone 0 match report: Neil Lennon looks forward as Celtic are crowned
Sunday 12 May 2013
Celtic lifted their 44th Scottish League trophy yesterday and manager Neil Lennon – tipped by many to be on his way to Everton – said he hoped there will be "many more years like this".
The presentation came after they swept aside St Johnstone 4-0. Lennon hinted that he may be staying, telling the crowd afterwards: "It's another memorable day in the history of the club and hopefully there'll be many more years like this to come.
"We've had a great season: the Champions' League, the League, and I hope to see you all at the cup final. From my own personal point of view, thank you for all you've given me and long may it continue."
Celtic now have the chance to clinch a League and Cup double as they play Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park in a fortnight's time.
Yesterday's game was over almost before it had started as midfielder Joe Ledley fired the home side ahead in the second minute before defender Charlie Mulgrew's whipped-in free-kick in the 36th minute evaded everyone before nestling in the net.
James Forrest made it three early in the second half and Saints keeper Frazer Wright put through his own goal in the final seconds.
With Ranger exiled to Division Three, Celtic have coasted to the title and with a game left are 16 points clear of Motherwell at the top. Celtic's goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, added: "We've not really got out of third gear in the League but we've done the job comfortably."
Celtic (4-4-2): Forster; Lustig, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre (Kayal, 84); Brown (Samaras, 61), Wanyama, Ledley, Forrest (McGeouch, 72); Stokes, Hooper.
St Johnstone (4-3-3): Mannus; MacKay, Anderson, Wright, Scobbie (Davidson, 60); Cregg, Davidson, Craig; MacLean (Caddis, 74), Vine (Hasselbaink, 61), Tade.
Referee Alan Muir.
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