Rangers are Scottish champions for first time in 10 years as Celtic drop points at Tannadice

Rangers are Scottish Premiership champions after Celtic failed to delay the inevitable with a victory at Tannadice.

Rangers fans celebrate at Ibrox on Saturday after their team defeated St Mirren to move closer to the title. Picture: SNS
Rangers fans celebrate at Ibrox on Saturday after their team defeated St Mirren to move closer to the title. Picture: SNS

The Ibrox side have been champions-elect for a number of months after building up a mammoth lead in the title race and have been officially crowned following Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Dundee United on Sunday afternoon.

The champions in each of the previous nine seasons dominated the encounter in the City of Discovery but couldn’t find a way past Benjamin Siegrest, who was in inspired form for Micky Mellon’s men.

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It means the long wait for title No.55 has finally arrived for the blue half of Glasgow. The club have been through their travails across the last decade, including suffering a liquidation event and spending four years making their way back to the top flight through the lower leagues. After finishing third in successive seasons followed by a pair of runners-up spots, they once again sit on top of the pile in Scottish football.

It also represents the first trophy on by Steven Gerrard in his managerial career. The Liverpool legend has rebuilt the club since his arrival in the summer of 2018, including getting to the group stages of the Europa League in three consecutive years.

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The result at Tannadice was another frustration in a season full of them for Celtic. Expectations were high coming into the season after finishing last term strongly and being on the cusp of a record four successive trebles. But manager Neil Lennon would ultimately fail to last what’s been a thoroughly miserable campaign for the club and its supporters.

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