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Drama had been given the afternoon off and there was only joy for Celtic. With just ten minutes gone, Neil Lennon’s side had, in effect, clinched the Scottish Premier League title with two of the goals in a 6-0 win. A single point would have sufficed, but the visitors had no intention of operating to tight margins. Kilmarnock, who had beaten Celtic recently in the League Cup final, showed none of the competitiveness demonstrated then.

It has been of some help to Neil Lennon’s side that Rangers had ten points deducted for going into administration, but the lead for Celtic would have been comfortable even without that sanction. There was little to fear in this game and the prize has been secured with five matches left on the schedule.

The atmosphere at Rugby Park was unusually reassuring for the visitors since the Ayrshire club had allocated three sides of the ground to the Celtic support. In contrast to that recent final, there was nothing material at stake for Kilmarnock. All the same, that mood, in its own way, could have constituted a potential menace if the opposition had been relaxed and audacious.

That was well understood by Celtic players determined to be unrelenting. Kilmarnock, for their part, performed as if no one had warned them that a lively occasion was inevitable. The hunger, understandably, was Celtic’s, yet the opposition seemed taken aback by the intensity of Neil Lennon’s side. A corner from Ki Sung-yueng was headed home in the eighth minute by the devastating Charlie Mulgrew, whose exuberance and skill were uncontainable.

Mulgrew then picked out Glen Loovens to finish with a header two minutes later. Celtic led 3-0 by the 36th minute, when the uncontainable left-back finished with an impeccable shot. There seemed no end to his appetite for the contest, with Mulgrew paving the way for the volley by Gary Hooper that put Celtic 4-0 ahead at the interval. Joe Ledley took a fifth goal in the 87th minute, before Hooper fired into the top corner.

This emphatic win testified to Lennon’s work. He was appointed to the post on a permanent basis in the summer of 2010, having initially held it on a caretaker capacity after the sacking of Tony Mowbray. There was a particularly drab period in the autumn, but this display saw Celtic clinch their prize with style and the promise of further achievement for a line-up taking on an impressive character.

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