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A relaxed Celtic played some fantastic football and came away with an emphatic win at Rugby Park. This was the Champions 10th straight SPL victory and their 11th in all competitions. Celtic also haven't dropped a single point away from home in 2006. Strachan made a few changes to the side that had rapped up Celtic's earliest Championship win the previous Wednesday since Jock Stein's all conquering team in 1970. Marshall made his first start since last July at Motherwell in place of Boruc in goals and Varga replaced Balde, who will now have an operation to solve a painful stomach injury and will miss the rest of the season. McGeady also got his first start since he has recovered from a hamstring injury, with Zurawski making way.

Celtic started in a confident manner and went ahead after only eight minutes. Nakamura was brought down 22 yards from goal by Naismith and the Japanese star brushed himself off before sending a beautiful curling left-footed shot over the wall and inside...
Celtic won their 40th league title at Celtic Park last night with six games still remaining after extending their lead over Hearts to 20 points at the top of the SPL table with a hard fought victory. It was a nervous night for the home support as their nearest adversary competed well in a tight and bruising contest. But Celtic ground out their 26th league victory of the season, and in a year of transition, to win the league by such a huge margain and lose on two league games in the process is a remarkable achievement for Strachan and his coaching team.

The atmosphere was terrific inside the ground and the championship party got off to a flying start with a wonderful volley from the birthday bhoy John Hartson after only four minutes. Maciej Zurawski flicked a long ball down field from Boruc to the Welshman, who struck the ball early on the half volley and watched in delight as the ball bounced once before grazing the fingertips of Craig Gordon on its way into...
Celtic moved within one victory of the SPL title after beating basement club Livingston 2-0 this afternoon at Almondvale.

Goals from on-form Shaun Maloney and Polish international Maciej Zurawski in the second half means a Celtic win a week on Wednesday against Hearts will see the trophy return to Celtic Park.

Both sides looked lively in the first half with Zurawski heading off the crossbar from closerange and Richie Britain forcing Celtic keeper Arthur Boruc into a great save using his legs.

Stephen McManus was lucky to stay on the park after he lunged into a two-footed tackle with Allan Walker but referee Kenny Clark only produced a yellow card.

Livi continued to fight and Sam Morrow's header found the underside of the crossbar although the linesman's flag was up to deem him offside anway.

The teams went into the second half at 0-0 - a fair reflection of a closely contested first half half battle.

But it took the champions elect just two minutes to make it 1-0....
Celtic stretched their lead at the top of the SPL table to a massive fifteen points with an a fine victory at Easter Road. On a ground where both Hearts and Rangers have been comprehensively beaten, Celtic shown great character to recover from a miserable start and claim the victory. Despite the terrible winter conditions that threatened the tie, the match got under way in front of a decent crowd and a remarkable turn-out from Celtic fans ensuring a roaring atmosphere.

Celtic began the match playing an unorthodox formation of 4-4-1-1 due to the absence of talismanic striker John Hartson due to a hamstring injury and Hibs took full advantage of this tactical change by playing five in midfield and hence dominating proceedings early on. Celtic's only effort in the early stages was when Shunsuke Nakamura curled a free-kick narrowly wide.

Ivan Sproule, in particular was giving Celtic problems due to his blistering pace but it was Chris Killen who appeared to have given Hibs the...
Celtic retained their lead at the top of the SPL table with a good win over an in-form Aberdeen side at Celtic Park. The two teams entered the field of the play to a stunning flag and streamer display from both sets of fans respectively and this set the tone for an exhilarating game. Strachan kept the same side that had won at Ibrox and and thrashed Dunfermline a few weeks earlier, while Jimmy Calderwood was forced to play Neil MacFarlane for the injured Jamie Smith and this was a major worry for the travelling Dons fans.

Celtic started the match in a confident manner and threatened early when Petrov sent Zurawski through on goal, but the Polish International's left-footed drive from the edge of the box was saved by Langfield at the second attempt. Celtic were pressing and Maloney's clever pass gave Roy Keane an opportunity to add to his Celtic account from close range, but Langfield was again up to the task. The Aberdeen keeper was in inspired form and he again pulled off yet...