Wednesday 24 May 2017

Five-star show puts Celtic on cusp of league glory

Celtic 5 Dundee 0

Kris Commons scores the third goal for Celtic from the penalty spot
Kris Commons scores the third goal for Celtic from the penalty spot
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring his sides opening goal

Jamie Holland

Celtic are within 90 minutes of winning the Scottish Premiership following a comprehensive dismantling of Dundee at Parkhead last night.

Leigh Griffiths' 19th goal of the season - his 15th this year - and a strike by captain Scott Brown gave the home side the interval advantage before they turned up the heat after the break.

Midfielder Kris Commons scored the third from the spot in the 71st minute, then set up substitute James Forrest to make it 4-0 before midfielder Nir Bitton sealed the convincing win in style with a 30-yard thunderbolt.

The Hoops moved 11 points clear of Aberdeen with three games remaining and Ronny Deila's side will be confirmed champions if the Dons fail to beat Dundee United today.

Should Derek McInnes' side come through at Tannadice, Celtic will travel to Pittodrie next Sunday looking to clinch their fourth successive title and, on this evidence, they will take some stopping.

Delighted Celtic manager Ronny Deila beamed afterwards: "I am very happy. We scored some beautiful goals today - 5-0; you have to be happy with that."

Deila, who will be keeping abreast of events at Tannadice via his phone as he heads back to his native Norway today, added: "I am very excited. The league is the biggest thing to win."

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