Celtic wrap up hat-trick of Scottish title wins with easy victory over Partick Thistle

 

Firhill

Celtic clinched the Scottish Premiership title in style with an emphatic 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Anthony Stokes headed the visitors into the lead in the third minute before 17-year-old substitute Liam Henderson, on for right-back Adam Matthews at the start of the second half, opened his Celtic account in the 49th minute with a low drive from 12 yards.

Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen added a third goal in the 53rd minute to confirm the superiority of Neil Lennon's side, who responded to losing a late goal to Partick substitute Christie Elliott by scoring another two through Stokes and Kris Commons.

Celtic's third successive championship victory has been as comprehensive as it was inevitable. They have lost only once in the league this season – against Aberdeen at Pittodrie – with three games drawn and, with seven matches remaining, they can reach a record 105 points, which will be Lennon's target.

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