Celtic sealed their fifth league title in a row and Ronny Deila’s second and ultimately last title as Celtic manager.
Celtic’s victory over Hearts last week all but secured the title for the Glasgow side, but Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Dons made it official with two games to play.
On loan Man City midfielder Patrick Roberts was the star man for Celtic as he scored a brilliant solo effort to open the scoring for Celtic, his second was thanks to a neat pass from Leigh Griffiths which Roberts fired first time past Collins in the Dons goal. Mikael Lustig fired home the third goal from inside the Dons box and it looked as though Celtic would see out the match comfortably three goals to the good.
However, goals from Niall McGinn and defender Andrew Considine changed the dynamic of the final minutes of the game and Celtic saw the game out to confirm their champions status – much to the relief of those of the Green and White persuasion in Glasgow.
Next Sunday will be Ronny Deila’s final swansong as Celtic manager and despite all the criticism levelled at him during his two-year tenure at the Parkhead club – he will leave Glasgow for pastures new with two league titles and a league cup on his CV.
While his tenure won’t be remembered with a lot of fondness by Celtic fans, Deila rightly heralded his side as the ‘best team in the country’ and they are deserved champions.
Speaking after the match to the official Celtic website, Deila said: “It was good to beat Aberdeen to show we are the best team in the country. We’re 12 points ahead now and that’s a good thing.
“You can only fight against the teams in the league so you can’t say this is not worth as much as the other titles. Now we have five-in-a-row and should be very proud of it. Hopefully the club gets a lot more in the next few seasons.
“We were very consistent. We haven’t lost since February, even though we have been made to feel like it was going to be relegation this year, so it’s a special atmosphere and feeling to be here, but we’re the best and biggest club and everything you achieve here is normal, but there are high demands so it is important to enjoy it. I think the fans showed that today. In the end they were happy to get the championship.”
Deila singled out ‘special’ Roberts following his man of the match performance, Deila added: “Today I thought we controlled the game and we played well for 60 minutes but got a little bit edgy at the end. I’m happy that we got three points and got everything over the line. I wasn’t nervous but in the end we deserved to win.”
“I’ve coached a lot of talents but he (Roberts) is special. You can see that every time he gets the ball something happens. He lifts you up from your seat and he is only 19-years-old. You see every time it’s an important occasion he gets better so he has a self-belief and confidence that’s special and you need that sometimes.
“In the end, here, it’s about results and he shows the quality that you need to get Celtic into the Champions League.”
A new man will be at the helm for Celtic’s quest for a sixth successive title with fans hoping he can galvanise this side into a more dominant force domestically and to secure Champions League football. There is a lot of work to do at Celtic over pre-season and it will be interesting to see how many of these players who failed Deila and the jersey this season will up their work rate and performances to safeguard their own future at the club to impress the new man.