Celtic celebrate fifth successive Scottish Premiership title
Celtic celebrated their fifth successive league title and departing boss Ronny Deila insisted it should be respected.
The Hoops confirmed their status of Scottish champions with a 3-2 win over second-placed Aberdeen at Parkhead after a fine Patrick Roberts double and a Mikael Lustig goal gave the home side a commanding lead before goals from former Celtic man Niall McGinn and defender Andrew Considine reduced the deficit.
Celtic have lost only three league games this season - two to the Dons - and with two fixtures remaining have moved on to 83 points.
The Norwegian leaves at the end of the season with his second title win after claiming a lack of improvement over the last six months, and he has come in for criticism for his team's record in the cup competitions.
However, Deila claimed the championship should be valued like any of the other recent title wins.
He said "Why not? Of course it should be. It is a title.
"You have to fight against the teams in the league and you can't say this is not more worthy than the others.
"It is very disrespectful thing to say about the other teams as well.
"You see in other leagues that small teams win but now we have five in a row and should be every proud of it and hopefully it will be more next season.
"We were consistent in the results, we haven't lost in the league since February - even though we have felt it was going to be relegation this year.
"The demands are high and it is important to enjoy it and the fans showed that today, they were happy to get that title.
"It was good to beat Aberdeen and show we are the best team in the country.
"We controlled the game, played very well in the first 60 minutes then got a little bit edgy in the end, but got over the line."
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