Celtic complete unbeaten Ladbrokes Premiership season

Celtic captain Scott Brown emerges from the tunnel as the Hearts players form a guard of honour. Picture: SNS
Celtic captain Scott Brown emerges from the tunnel as the Hearts players form a guard of honour. Picture: SNS
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Champions Celtic have become the first team in 118 years to go the entire Scottish top flight season undefeated after bettering Hearts at Parkhead.

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They secured the achievement last accomplished by rivals Rangers in the 1898-99 season when the Ibrox club won every one of their 18 league matches.

Celtic have finished the 2016-17 league season with zero defeats in 38 matches, including only four draws, and can complete the treble and an undefeated domestic season by beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final next weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were made to work during their final league encounter as a stuffy performance from the visitors ensured the sides went in level at the half.

However, the hosts were finally able to make the breakthrough when Leigh Griffiths’ headed home a cross from Patrick Roberts and then Stuart Armstrong made sure of all three points with a late strike.

Celtic received a guard of honour from Hearts prior to the match, and were presented with the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy following its conclusion.

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Other records equalled or broken by Celtic

106 - Celtic set a new record points total for the Scottish league. Their 2-0 win over Hearts ensured they finished the campaign on 106 points, beating the previous mark of 103, which was set by Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side in 2002.

34 - The Hoops secured a record number of victories in a Scottish league season thanks to their win against Hearts, which took them past the 33-victory total that they achieved in 2001-02. Rangers also won 33 games in both 1991-92 and 1992-93 but had 44 games to do so rather than the 38 of Celtic.

106 - Celtic matched their points tally with their haul of goals. Stuart Armstrong’s late effort against Hearts took them past the 105 goals scored by O’Neill’s side in 2001-02, which was the previous best in the Premier era. Celtic’s famous Lisbon Lions team scored 111 in 1966-67 before league reconstruction.

38 - Rodgers’ side set a new, unbeatable run of games without defeat in a single season. The previous best had been a 32-match unbeaten run, set by O’Neill’s Celtic side in the 2003-04 campaign. It was the first unbeaten season in the Scottish top flight since 1899, when Rangers matched Celtic’s achievement of the previous year, but the campaign was only 18 games long in those days.

30 - The Parkhead side secured the biggest margin of points in Scottish football. Celtic won the league by 30 points from Aberdeen, who secured their own highest-ever tally of 76. It beat the 29-point margin which Celtic managed in 2013-14 when Neil Lennon’s side finished well clear of Motherwell. But it was one short of regaining the European record, which Paris St Germain set last season.

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