Celtic on brink of winning Scottish Premiership

Comprehensive victory over Dundee at Parkhead leaves Bhoys just one win from title

Kris Commons scores Celtic’s third goal from the penalty spot against Dundee at Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership. Photograph: Reuters.

Kris Commons scores Celtic’s third goal from the penalty spot against Dundee at Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership. Photograph: Reuters.

 

Celtic 5
(Griffiths 30, Brown 37, Commons 71 (pen), Forrest 77, Biton 88)
Dundee 0

Celtic are within 90 minutes of winning the Scottish Premiership following a comprehensive 5-0 dismantling of Dundee at Parkhead.

Leigh Griffiths’s 19th goal of the season and a strike by captain Scott Brown gave the home side the interval advantage before they turned up the heat after the break.

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 win in style with a 30-metre yard thunderbolt.

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

But, should Derek McInnes’s side come through, Celtic will travel to Pittodrie next Sunday looking to clinch their fourth successive title.

Following Celtic’s 3-0 win at Dundee United last week, Deila tinkered only slightly with his formation. Right- back Efe Ambrose and winger Gary Mackay-Steven returned at the expense of Adam Matthewsand Stuart Armstrong.

CELTIC: Gordon, Ambrose (Fisher 65), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Biton, Brown, Commons, Johansen (Forrest 65), Mackay-Steven, Griffiths (Scepovic 75). Subs not used: Guidetti, Stokes, Armstrong, Zaluska. Booked: Izaguirre.
DUNDEE: Bain, Paul McGinn, Konrad, McPake, Dyer, Harris (Colquhoun 61), Stephen McGinn, Ferry (Heffernan 70), Thomson, McAlister, Tankulic, Heffernan (Clarkson 90). Subs not used: Letheren, Irvine, Gadzhalov, Harkins.
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).

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