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By Ronnie Esplin

Published 09/05/2016

Celtic players celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match following their clash Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images
Celtic players celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match following their clash Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images
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Aberdeen's Andrew Considine (left) and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Patrick Roberts (27) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Leigh Griffiths during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Callum McGregor (left) and Aberdeen's Kenny McLean battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell (centre) and chairman Ian Bankier (left) in the stands before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts scores his second goal of the game during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts scores his second goal of the game during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates sciring his second goal with team mates of the game during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Aberdeen's Ash Taylor (left) and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Aberdeen's Shaleum Logan (left) and Celtic's Kieran Tierney in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic presents a wreath in memory of the Hillsborough Disaster during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Aberdeen goalkeeper Adam Collin looks dejected during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Peter Lawwell during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Ronny Deila Celtic Manager looks on during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Jay Beatty, Ambassador for Celtic Football Club's Celtic FC Foundation, with club mascot Hoopy the Huddle Hound at half-time of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Mikael Lustig scores his side's third goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Aberdeen's Niall McGinn scores his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Shaleum Logan of Aberdeen and Tomas Rogic of Celtic during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Ash Taylor of Aberdeen and Nir Biton of Celtic in action during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko (left) and Aberdeen's Jonathan Hayes battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Celtic's (left to right) Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Gary Mackay-Steven celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown applauds supporters during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's (left to right) Tom Rogic, Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons, Gary Mackay-Steven and Craig Gordon celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
Celtic manager Ronny Deila (left) and Scott Brown celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Jay Beatty, Ambassador for Celtic Football Club's Celtic FC Foundation celebrates on the shoulders of Stefan Johansen as his side celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Ronny Deila Celtic Manager looks on during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic fans celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Departing boss Ronny Deila insists Celtic's fifth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title win should be given appropriate respect.

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 very proud of it and hopefully it will be more next season.

"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."

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes praised Celtic's league form, saying: "Today is about Celtic. They have done well and deserve credit.

"For all the criticism that has come the manager's way and the players' way it hasn't been through their league form.

"Their points tally will be up there with any championship-winning team. They have only lost three games.

"Ultimately we beat them twice and we probably needed someone else to lay a glove on them as well to get closer to them, but they deserve credit today."

McInnes is looking for his side to finish the campaign on a high and wants the Pittodrie board to help to mount another challenge next season.

He said: "Last season we got 75 points - a Premiership record for a club outside the Old Firm.

"We all agreed it was a tough challenge but I think we'll beat it. We need four points to equal it and six points to beat it. We'll be the first team outside the Old Firm to get 70-plus points two seasons in a row.

"We are disappointed because we got ourselves in a good position. Hopefully if we can get in a similar position next season we can learn from this and put ourselves in a better position to challenge right to the end.

"From our perspective it is about the improvement of my team going forward, the improvement of the players I have got in my squad at the moment and from new players.

"I think we have to make sure we are smart with our work in the summer and identify key players and make sure we are ready so if we get into a stage similar to where we were this season, and get ourselves jostling for position, then we are more capable of fulfilling that and going the full way."

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig (Janko 73), Sviatchenko, Mulgrew (Ambrose 46), Tierney, Bitton, McGregor,Roberts, Rogic (Johansen 82), Armstrong, Griffiths.

Subs Not Used: Izaguirre, Christie, Allan, Bailly.

Booked: Lustig, Ambrose.

Goals: Roberts 7, 20, Lustig 49.

Aberdeen: Collin, Logan, Considine, Taylor, Shinnie, Flood (Robson 79), Jack, McGinn, McLean, Hayes, Church (Reynolds 42).

Subs Not Used: Brown, Storie, McKenna, Wright, Nuttall.

Booked: Logan, Flood, Taylor.

Goals: McGinn 57, Considine 64.

Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).

 

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