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Heart of Midlothian v Celtic Bank of Scotland Premier League

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Celtic 2 Partick Thistle 0: Brendan Rodgers' Bhoys get back to winning ways to extend lead at top of the table

Normal business was resumed by Celtic who responded to the condign punishment administered in a 4-0 defeat by Heart of Midlothian by dispatching Partick Thistle in this rearranged home fixture for a victory which put the league leaders five points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, who are Saturday’s visitors. Much of the proceedings, especially in the early stages, were conducted in a desultory fashion but the occasion was enlivened by fine goals from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney, on either side of the interval. Marvin Compper, the central defender signed from Red Bull Leipzig earlier this week, flew into Glasgow to be introduced to the crowd at half time, although his first appearance at Celtic Park was almost a sodden affair, averted because he displayed sharp reflexes to avoid the deluge of a pitch sprinkler which erupted unexpectedly in his vicinity. Alan Archibald, the Thistle manager, had warned his players to anticipate a backlash from the champions, but his fears were not substantiated during a first half in which the home players and supporters were largely listless. The atmosphere was not helped by the clusters of empty seats vacated by fans whose attention was presumably diverted to the joys or demands of the festive season. Brendan Rodgers had said beforehand that that the best response to the unexpected but emphatic setback at Tynecastle would be for Celtic to press the reset button. He made three changes to his weekend team, with Jozo Simunovic, Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths replaced by Kristoffer Ajer, Armstrong and Odsonne Edouard. Thistle, meanwhile, included Steven Lawless and the 19-year-old Andrew McCarthy, in place of Martin Woods and Conor Sammon, after the 2-0 defeat by Dundee at Dens Park. The Jags’ 4-5-1 deployment proved sufficient to smother the Hoops’ ambition for most of the opening 45 minutes. History did not favour the visitors, who had not won in the east end of Glasgow since 1995 – although they achieved a draw at Parkhead in April and they could not replicate the intensity of the pressing game which proved so effective for Hearts but, they proved sufficiently diligent to contain the league leaders effectively until 10 minutes before half time.  By that stage Celtic had a superior, but not overwhelming, share of possession and Thistle had given themselves encouragement by forcing two corner kicks. Armstrong’s moment came when he gathered a pass from Tierney, glanced up and saw that, for once, the available space had not been filled by a Thistle defender. The Celtic midfielder’s left-foot shot left Thomas Cerny stranded on its way high into the net. Celtic’s habit is to raise the tempo immediately after the interval, especially against opponents who succeed in generating a degree of frustration by deep defensive tactics and Cerny was twice forced to make good saves from Edouard but, midway through the second half the Firhill goalkeeper was confounded by another move involving the tireless Tierney. In this instance, the Celtic left-back pushed up to link with Scott Sinclair, exchanged passes with the winger and finished with a fierce drive between Cerny and his near post. The goal conveniently coincided with the Hoops fans’ commemoration of the club’s 1967 triumph in the European Cup final in Lisbon – the massed display of mobile phone torch lights – and Celtic Park was at last suffused with a general feeling of wellbeing. Match details Celtic (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney; Armstrong, Brown; Forrest (Hayes 61), McGregor, Sinclair (Johnston 70); Edouard (Griffiths 78). Subs (unused): Hazard (g), Dembele, Ntcham, Sviatchenko. Partick Thistle (4-5-1): Cerny; McGinn, Keown, Devine, Turnbull; Spittal (Fraser 72), Edwards, McCarthy (Erskine 57), Barton, Lawless; Storey (Doolan 75). Booked: Fraser, McGinn. Subs (unused): Scully (g), Nitriansky, Sammon, Nisbet. Booked: McCarthy, Barton, Devine. Referee: Alan Muir.

Scottish clubs set national charity records, with SPFL now 'fourth most community-focused league in the world'

Scottish football has not been at the top table of international competition for 20 years – hence the SFA’s urgent desire to find a manager with the Midas touch – but the country’s clubs have never been more successful at providing aid to charities and worthy causes in their communities. Independent research commissioned by the Scottish Professional Football League has revealed that 770,000 local people – an annual increase of over 60,000 - have been engaged in community initiatives involving all 42 league clubs. The research also found that season ticket holders were well served by making a commitment to back their team throughout the campaign. Headline figures show that clubs engaged with approximately 772,000 people via community activity in season 2016/17, many supported by programmes run and organised by the SPFL Trust, the charitable arm of the league. Around 86 per cent of all clubs provide free tickets to matches for community groups, charities and other worthy causes, with an estimated total of 84,000 donated last season. The number of clubs offering free admission to children has risen to 62 per cent, up 5 per cent on last year’s figure.      The average maximum saving for supporters across all four divisions buying a 2017/18 season ticket is £96.20, when compared with paying at the gate. Attendance figures also told an encouraging story, with total crowds for the four Ladbrokes divisions exceeding four million in season 2016/17, a 12 per cent increase year on year, while almost a quarter of a million supporters attended the first two matches of the 2017/18 season to set a new record for the SPFL. Nicky Reid, chief executive of the SPFL Trust, said: “The recent Responsiball annual report now places the SPFL as the fourth most community-focused league in the world, based on their analysis of the 25 biggest national competitions. “A rise of three places year on year, shows that this is an area of significant strength and opportunity for Scottish football.  In the past year, the SPFL Trust and our clubs have been trusted to work on projects funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Erasmus, Scottish Water, Kinder+Sport, and the SPFL itself amongst others.  “Our Trusted Trophy Tour also visited more than 20 clubs and demonstrated the power that football has for good across a wide range of projects. Trust is hard-earned and we all accept the responsibilities that come with that, but the direction of travel is extremely positive.” The SFA, meanwhile, announced that its Elite club football academies are Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers. The second-tier Progressive grade consists of Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County,St Mirren and St Johnstone. The third-tier Progressive level academies are Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton and Queen’s Park. Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”

Gordon Strachan preparing Scotland for crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on artificial turf 

Scotland will play their first competitive game on artificial turf in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in two weeks and Gordon Strachan has revealed that he will attempt to familiarise his players with a similar surface when they assemble next week. The LFF stadium in Vilnius will host the Scots on September 1 – and also England’s final Group F fixture on October 8 – with Strachan’s men aware that anything less than a win will render their play-off hopes virtually redundant. After announcing his squad for the double header with Lithuania and Malta, the manager acknowledged that the Vilnius playing surface would be a factor in his preparatory timetable, while declaring that he was not unduly worried about it. “It’s just something that’s got to be dealt with,” he said. “It’s more like Kilmarnock’s playing surface than any others. A lot of the guys have played on artificial surfaces, so we looked about and we’ve found a place that we think is similar. Then you’ve got to decide how long you want to train on it.” In 2016 the Rangers striker, Martyn Waghorn, was injured at Rugby Park and the Ibrox club reacted with a statement that “the unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.” Strachan isn't overly concerned about the pitch in Lithuania Credit: REUTERS The then Kilmarnock chairman, Michael Johnston, said: "The 3G pitch at Rugby Park is not only FIFA 2 star compliant, but also meets the higher standards set by international rugby.” Although Celtic became the latest club to play at Kilmarnock in their 2-0 Scottish Premiership win on Saturday, Strachan has budgeted for those unfamiliar with the surface. “The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don’t really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people,” he said. “But the players shouldn’t get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on. “It was crazy — nobody could play on that. We’ve got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.” Celtic’s current domination of the Scottish game was reflected by the inclusion of six Hoops players in a 27-strong squad. There were no representatives from Aberdeen or Rangers, although Christophe Berra of Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian’s Steven Whittaker were both included amongst the defenders. Leigh Griffiths is one of seven Celtic players in the squad Credit: PA Also amongst the defensive contingent is Andrew Robertson, whose move to Liverpool has gratified the manager. “There are clubs where you sign, you turn up, you play and you see how it goes, but when you are talking about teams like Liverpool you must win,” Strachan said. “I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club. “There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.” One new face in the squad is that of Jordan Archer, the Millwall goalkeeper, who will almost certainly not see action but gets a call-up because Hull’s David Marshall is injured. Robert Snodgrass, meanwhile, is surplus to requirements at West Ham but, although the midfielder’s future is uncertain, Strachan wants the player’s involvement with Scotland to offer him continuity. Snodgrass is already out of favour at West Ham Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Is it a show of loyalty? Yes, but it’s also an understanding of his ability to make things happen – and he’s show he can make things happen here,” he said. “It’s not blind loyalty, because I do show loyalty to everybody who’s given it to us and to the group.” Scotland’s most recent outing, of course, was in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden Park when Leigh Griffiths’ two dazzling free kick strikes gave Strachan’s side a late lead which was cancelled in injury time by Harry Kane’s equaliser. “I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost,” said Strachan. “It kind of got through to the point where I thought: ‘Hmm, it was definitely two points lost’ It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it.      “For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.” Local support  

Gordon Strachan preparing Scotland for crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on artificial turf 

Scotland will play their first competitive game on artificial turf in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in two weeks and Gordon Strachan has revealed that he will attempt to familiarise his players with a similar surface when they assemble next week. The LFF stadium in Vilnius will host the Scots on September 1 – and also England’s final Group F fixture on October 8 – with Strachan’s men aware that anything less than a win will render their play-off hopes virtually redundant. After announcing his squad for the double header with Lithuania and Malta, the manager acknowledged that the Vilnius playing surface would be a factor in his preparatory timetable, while declaring that he was not unduly worried about it. “It’s just something that’s got to be dealt with,” he said. “It’s more like Kilmarnock’s playing surface than any others. A lot of the guys have played on artificial surfaces, so we looked about and we’ve found a place that we think is similar. Then you’ve got to decide how long you want to train on it.” In 2016 the Rangers striker, Martyn Waghorn, was injured at Rugby Park and the Ibrox club reacted with a statement that “the unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.” Strachan isn't overly concerned about the pitch in Lithuania Credit: REUTERS The then Kilmarnock chairman, Michael Johnston, said: "The 3G pitch at Rugby Park is not only FIFA 2 star compliant, but also meets the higher standards set by international rugby.” Although Celtic became the latest club to play at Kilmarnock in their 2-0 Scottish Premiership win on Saturday, Strachan has budgeted for those unfamiliar with the surface. “The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don’t really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people,” he said. “But the players shouldn’t get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on. “It was crazy — nobody could play on that. We’ve got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.” Celtic’s current domination of the Scottish game was reflected by the inclusion of six Hoops players in a 27-strong squad. There were no representatives from Aberdeen or Rangers, although Christophe Berra of Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian’s Steven Whittaker were both included amongst the defenders. Leigh Griffiths is one of seven Celtic players in the squad Credit: PA Also amongst the defensive contingent is Andrew Robertson, whose move to Liverpool has gratified the manager. “There are clubs where you sign, you turn up, you play and you see how it goes, but when you are talking about teams like Liverpool you must win,” Strachan said. “I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club. “There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.” One new face in the squad is that of Jordan Archer, the Millwall goalkeeper, who will almost certainly not see action but gets a call-up because Hull’s David Marshall is injured. Robert Snodgrass, meanwhile, is surplus to requirements at West Ham but, although the midfielder’s future is uncertain, Strachan wants the player’s involvement with Scotland to offer him continuity. Snodgrass is already out of favour at West Ham Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Is it a show of loyalty? Yes, but it’s also an understanding of his ability to make things happen – and he’s show he can make things happen here,” he said. “It’s not blind loyalty, because I do show loyalty to everybody who’s given it to us and to the group.” Scotland’s most recent outing, of course, was in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden Park when Leigh Griffiths’ two dazzling free kick strikes gave Strachan’s side a late lead which was cancelled in injury time by Harry Kane’s equaliser. “I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost,” said Strachan. “It kind of got through to the point where I thought: ‘Hmm, it was definitely two points lost’ It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it.      “For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.” Local support  

Gordon Strachan preparing Scotland for crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on artificial turf 

Scotland will play their first competitive game on artificial turf in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in two weeks and Gordon Strachan has revealed that he will attempt to familiarise his players with a similar surface when they assemble next week. The LFF stadium in Vilnius will host the Scots on September 1 – and also England’s final Group F fixture on October 8 – with Strachan’s men aware that anything less than a win will render their play-off hopes virtually redundant. After announcing his squad for the double header with Lithuania and Malta, the manager acknowledged that the Vilnius playing surface would be a factor in his preparatory timetable, while declaring that he was not unduly worried about it. “It’s just something that’s got to be dealt with,” he said. “It’s more like Kilmarnock’s playing surface than any others. A lot of the guys have played on artificial surfaces, so we looked about and we’ve found a place that we think is similar. Then you’ve got to decide how long you want to train on it.” In 2016 the Rangers striker, Martyn Waghorn, was injured at Rugby Park and the Ibrox club reacted with a statement that “the unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.” Strachan isn't overly concerned about the pitch in Lithuania Credit: REUTERS The then Kilmarnock chairman, Michael Johnston, said: "The 3G pitch at Rugby Park is not only FIFA 2 star compliant, but also meets the higher standards set by international rugby.” Although Celtic became the latest club to play at Kilmarnock in their 2-0 Scottish Premiership win on Saturday, Strachan has budgeted for those unfamiliar with the surface. “The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don’t really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people,” he said. “But the players shouldn’t get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on. “It was crazy — nobody could play on that. We’ve got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.” Celtic’s current domination of the Scottish game was reflected by the inclusion of six Hoops players in a 27-strong squad. There were no representatives from Aberdeen or Rangers, although Christophe Berra of Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian’s Steven Whittaker were both included amongst the defenders. Leigh Griffiths is one of seven Celtic players in the squad Credit: PA Also amongst the defensive contingent is Andrew Robertson, whose move to Liverpool has gratified the manager. “There are clubs where you sign, you turn up, you play and you see how it goes, but when you are talking about teams like Liverpool you must win,” Strachan said. “I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club. “There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.” One new face in the squad is that of Jordan Archer, the Millwall goalkeeper, who will almost certainly not see action but gets a call-up because Hull’s David Marshall is injured. Robert Snodgrass, meanwhile, is surplus to requirements at West Ham but, although the midfielder’s future is uncertain, Strachan wants the player’s involvement with Scotland to offer him continuity. Snodgrass is already out of favour at West Ham Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Is it a show of loyalty? Yes, but it’s also an understanding of his ability to make things happen – and he’s show he can make things happen here,” he said. “It’s not blind loyalty, because I do show loyalty to everybody who’s given it to us and to the group.” Scotland’s most recent outing, of course, was in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden Park when Leigh Griffiths’ two dazzling free kick strikes gave Strachan’s side a late lead which was cancelled in injury time by Harry Kane’s equaliser. “I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost,” said Strachan. “It kind of got through to the point where I thought: ‘Hmm, it was definitely two points lost’ It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it.      “For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.” Local support  

Gordon Strachan preparing Scotland for crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on artificial turf 

Scotland will play their first competitive game on artificial turf in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in two weeks and Gordon Strachan has revealed that he will attempt to familiarise his players with a similar surface when they assemble next week. The LFF stadium in Vilnius will host the Scots on September 1 – and also England’s final Group F fixture on October 8 – with Strachan’s men aware that anything less than a win will render their play-off hopes virtually redundant. After announcing his squad for the double header with Lithuania and Malta, the manager acknowledged that the Vilnius playing surface would be a factor in his preparatory timetable, while declaring that he was not unduly worried about it. “It’s just something that’s got to be dealt with,” he said. “It’s more like Kilmarnock’s playing surface than any others. A lot of the guys have played on artificial surfaces, so we looked about and we’ve found a place that we think is similar. Then you’ve got to decide how long you want to train on it.” In 2016 the Rangers striker, Martyn Waghorn, was injured at Rugby Park and the Ibrox club reacted with a statement that “the unforgiving Rugby Park surface resulted in bruising and lacerations which were immediately visible.” Strachan isn't overly concerned about the pitch in Lithuania Credit: REUTERS The then Kilmarnock chairman, Michael Johnston, said: "The 3G pitch at Rugby Park is not only FIFA 2 star compliant, but also meets the higher standards set by international rugby.” Although Celtic became the latest club to play at Kilmarnock in their 2-0 Scottish Premiership win on Saturday, Strachan has budgeted for those unfamiliar with the surface. “The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don’t really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people,” he said. “But the players shouldn’t get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on. “It was crazy — nobody could play on that. We’ve got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.” Celtic’s current domination of the Scottish game was reflected by the inclusion of six Hoops players in a 27-strong squad. There were no representatives from Aberdeen or Rangers, although Christophe Berra of Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian’s Steven Whittaker were both included amongst the defenders. Leigh Griffiths is one of seven Celtic players in the squad Credit: PA Also amongst the defensive contingent is Andrew Robertson, whose move to Liverpool has gratified the manager. “There are clubs where you sign, you turn up, you play and you see how it goes, but when you are talking about teams like Liverpool you must win,” Strachan said. “I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club. “There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.” One new face in the squad is that of Jordan Archer, the Millwall goalkeeper, who will almost certainly not see action but gets a call-up because Hull’s David Marshall is injured. Robert Snodgrass, meanwhile, is surplus to requirements at West Ham but, although the midfielder’s future is uncertain, Strachan wants the player’s involvement with Scotland to offer him continuity. Snodgrass is already out of favour at West Ham Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Is it a show of loyalty? Yes, but it’s also an understanding of his ability to make things happen – and he’s show he can make things happen here,” he said. “It’s not blind loyalty, because I do show loyalty to everybody who’s given it to us and to the group.” Scotland’s most recent outing, of course, was in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden Park when Leigh Griffiths’ two dazzling free kick strikes gave Strachan’s side a late lead which was cancelled in injury time by Harry Kane’s equaliser. “I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost,” said Strachan. “It kind of got through to the point where I thought: ‘Hmm, it was definitely two points lost’ It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it.      “For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.” Local support  

Liverpool transfer news: Reds defender Connor Randall joins Heart of Midlothian on loan

Liverpool transfer news: Reds defender Connor Randall joins Heart of Midlothian on loan

Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Soccer Football - Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly - Edinburgh, Britain - July 14, 2017 Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic in action Action Images via Reuters/John Clifton

Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Soccer Football - Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly - Edinburgh, Britain - July 14, 2017 Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez in action Action Images via Reuters/John Clifton

Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Soccer Football - Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly - Edinburgh, Britain - July 14, 2017 Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez Action Images via Reuters/John Clifton

Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly

Soccer Football - Heart of Midlothian vs Newcastle United - Pre Season Friendly - Edinburgh, Britain - July 14, 2017 Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle in action Action Images via Reuters/John Clifton

Celtic fans are seen outside a pub in 'The Barras' market area,Scotland

Celtic fans are seen outside a pub in 'The Barras' market area, close to Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans are seen in Celtic Park,Scotland

Celtic fans are seen in Celtic Park during the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans walk from Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

Celtic fans walk from Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland,Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans celebrate in 'The Squirrel bar' in 'The Barras' market area of Glasgow,Scotland

Celtic fans celebrate in 'The Squirrel bar' in 'The Barras' market area, close to Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans react to play at Celtic Park,Scotland

Celtic fans react to play at Celtic Park during the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans gather outside Bar' 67 after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Scotland

Celtic fans gather outside Bar' 67 after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland,Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

A Celtic fan shows off his tattoos in Bar'67 after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

A Celtic fan shows off his tattoos in Bar' 67 after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park in front of the statue of Billy McNeill holding up the European Cup

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park in front of the statue of Billy McNeill holding up the European Cup, before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans react at Celtic Park during the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

Celtic fans react at Celtic Park during the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland,Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans react to a goal at Celtic Park,Scotland

Celtic fans react to a goal at Celtic Park during the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic player Kieran Tierney takes a selfie at Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

Celtic player Kieran Tierney takes a selfie at Celtic Park after the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans are seen in Celtic Park,Scotland

Celtic fans are seen in Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian,Scotland

Celtic fans gather outside Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig talks to Celtic player Mikael Lustig outside Celtic Park,Scotland

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig (R) talks to Celtic player Mikael Lustig outside Celtic Park before the last match of the season against Heart of Midlothian, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain,May 21, 2017. Picture taken May 21, 2017 REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Celtic's Patrick Roberts shoots at goal

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Patrick Roberts shoots at goal Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Premiership

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Premiership Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Efe Ambrose celebrates with teammates after winning the Scottish Premiership

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Efe Ambrose celebrates with teammates after winning the Scottish Premiership Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Scott Sinclair shoots at goal

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Scott Sinclair shoots at goal Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates scoring their second goal

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates scoring their second goal Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Premiership

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Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with family after winning the Scottish Premiership

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Premiership

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Celtic's Efe Ambrose celebrates with teammates after winning the Scottish Premiership

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Celtic's Efe Ambrose celebrates with teammates after winning the Scottish Premiership

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic's Efe Ambrose celebrates with teammates after winning the Scottish Premiership Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Celtic fans

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Premiership - Celtic Park - 21/5/17 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

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