Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic have clinched the Scottish Premiership, settling for a 1-1 draw Dundee United on Thursday morning (AEST).
With one round of the season remaining, Celtic – who last season finished 25 points behind Rangers – are now four points clear at the top of table of second-placed Rangers.
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Speaking to Sky Sports post-game, Postecoglou said it was the “first time this year” he was
“lost for words”, describing the title triumph as “pretty special”.
“Really proud of the players, staff and everyone involved,” he said.
“Nobody gave us much of a chance. To do what they’ve done and achieve the ultimate is an unbelievable effort. It’s massive.
“The fans had a tough year last year, not just the fact we didn’t win anything but they couldn’t come support their team. I’m just proud of this group of players, they’ve been unbelievable this year.”
Even Postecoglou admitted it was a “bit nervy” near the end but credited his side for having the composure to hold on and secure the title.
“I think our football has been outstanding but the character this team has shown in 31 games and to rise to every challenge,” he added.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them. It was a bit nervy, it’s only natural. These guys have had their heads down and been do focused on being successful, but they got the job done.”
Postecoglou had every right to be frustrated after a first half which saw Celtic enjoy 71 per cent possession, 26 touches in the Dundee box and eight shots, only to fail to score.
There were a few close calls, including an early shot from Anthony Ralston who sent the ball over the bar in the 3rd minute.
Giorgos Giakoumakis also threatened on a couple of occasions, crossing it in for James Forrest in the 40th minute but the midfielder was not able to get to the ball in time.
It meant Celtic went into the break ruing a number of missed opportunities, although plenty of credit had to be given to a Dundee United outfit that was well-organised in defence.
Eventually, Celtic took the lead in the 53rd minute of the game after a cross from Ralston found Giakoumakis, who rose above the rest to head the ball into the net.