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SPL final day fixtures
Dundee United 0-1 Celtic
Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
Hibernian 0-2 Motherwell


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GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Thomas McGuigan

2221: Well, what a dramatic night. Congratulations to Celtic on their 42nd title success and commiserations to Rangers, who can look back on a memorable run to the Uefa Cup final.

Thanks for your company and here's hoping for more final day drama next season.

2215: "A lot of people had written us off, but we kept going and the manager Gordon Strachan has always had the backing of all the players"
Celtic captain Stephen McManus

2210: "An emotional end to what's been an emotional week"
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Richard Gordon

2207 "I didn't think there was much in it for either side. Aberdeen have a good record at Pittodrie. Slack defending cost us overall."
Rangers manager Walter Smith

2205: "A dream season for Rangers, destroyed in a week"
Calum Johnston, via text on 81111

2200: Celtic captain Stephen McManus leads the celebrations as he lifts the SPL trophy.

2152: "The number of games eventually took their toll on Rangers and it's a quiet Pittodrie now."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

2151: "After what happened three years ago, it's great to put that right and I'm certainly going to enjoy this"
Celtic striker Scott McDonald reflects on a title win for Celtic - after his goals denied them the league in 2005.

2147: "I'm sure this is going to be known as Tommy's title"
BBC Radio Scotland football correspondent Chick Young

2145: You reckon Rangers' Jean-Claude Darcheville (7.50) and Dundee United's Danny Swanson (8.86) put in man of the match performances at Pittodrie and Tannadice, respectively.
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2142: Gordon Strachan holds a huddle with players and staff on the Tannadice pitch. Tommy Burns' name will be mentioned.

2139: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is hugged by jubilant team-mates, as Rangers captain Barry Ferguson salutes the fans who made the journey to Pittodrie.

Incredible scenes at Tannadice. Celtic were seven points behind having played a game more, but clawed it back.

Rangers still have the Scottish Cup final to look forward to on Saturday.

2138: The helicopter hovers above Tannadice, as the referee blows for full-time. Celtic are champions.

2137: "Tommy Burns would be proud."
George McManus, via text on 81111

2135: Gordon Strachan looks drained on the sidelines. Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist continues to rally the troops at Pittodrie. Only minutes remaining.

2131: You reckon Jean-Claude Darcheville (7.50) was the star performer at Pittodrie. Rangers still battling away, looking to get a goal back.
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2130: With about five minutes remaining, you reckon Danny Swanson (8.86) ran the show for Dundee United, with Aiden McGeady (7.36) the pick for Celtic.
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2129: "Oh dear, all going horribly wrong for Rangers."
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2127: Celtic fan Rod Stewart seems to be enjoying himself in the crowd at Tannadice. A career high note?

2125: Gordon Strachan is on course to follow Willie Maley and Jock Stein to become only the third Celtic manager to win three consecutive league titles.

2124: RED CARD Rangers substitute Nacho Novo is sent off for a high challenge on Stuart Duff.

2122: GOAL Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
Darren Mackie runs through the middle of the Rangers defence before sliding the ball beyond Neil Alexander.

2120: Ecstatic Celtic fans chant Vennegoor of Hesselink's name at a pulsating Tannadice. Contrasting emotions for Rangers fans at Pittodrie. They know the title is slipping away.

2118: GOAL Dundee United 0-1 Celtic

Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink heads home Paul Hartley's corner from six yards.

If the scores stay the same, Celtic would finish on 89 points, with Rangers on 86.

2117: With 20 minutes to go at Tannadice, both sides look dead on their feet.

2114: "Come on you Reds! Don't care which of the in-firm wins the league, just want Aberdeen to finish as high up as possible"
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2112: As things stand with 25 minutes to go, Celtic would win the title with 87 points, Rangers would finish second on 86.

2110: News of Aberdeen's goal filters through to Tannadice - Celtic fans have found their smiles and their voices.

2109: GOAL Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers

Lee Miller towers above the Rangers defence to head Aberdeen into the lead. Celtic have one hand on the title.

2108: Aberdeen's Stuart Duff heads wide of an open goal from eight yards out. No-one wants to score!

Rangers introduce Nacho Novo and Kris Boyd for Darcheville and Cousin.

2107: "The title race is going down to the last half hour."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

2105: Boruc tips a Swanson shot over the bar - Celtic's defence is looking far from convincing.

2104: Celtic are just over 30 minutes from getting hands on SPL trophy... almost unimaginable they would be in this position a few weeks ago.

2101: Gordon Strachan cuts a frustrated figure in the Celtic dugout. First-team coach Neil Lennon tries to rally the troops.

2059: Rangers captain Barry Ferguson fires straight at Jamie Langfield from just inside the 18-yard box. Still no Old Firm goals yet!

2057: GOAL Hibernian 0-2 Motherwell
Jamie Murphy adds a second for Motherwell from the penalty spot.

2055: Stuart Dougal shows Shunsuke Nakamura a yellow card for simulation after the Japanese midfielder tumbles in the box.

2053: Scott McDonald misses a great chance at Tannadice - meanwhile, Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson stings Neil Alexander's palms with a rasping shot.

2051: We're under way in the second half.

2049: "Re: 2040. Hopefully the helicopter pilot will be whistling the blue thunder tune at full-time"
James from Livingston, via text on 81111

I can't see it going to goal difference now James. Surely not?

2046: After watching a nerve-shredding first half at Tannadice, you reckon Dundee United's Danny Swanson (8.86) is the pick of the bunch.
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2041: "Boyd better come on for Cousin at half-time or has Walter Smith lost his bottle?"
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2040: I wonder what the helicopter pilot is doing at the moment? Doing the crossword, reading a book or whistling the Airwolf theme tune?

2038: "Rangers are just lacking a bit of quality in front of goal to make Aberdeen pay for defensive mistakes."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

2036: "I think the Celtic manager Gordon Strachan might just be a little bit concerned about his side's performance."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

2034: Half-time at all three grounds. Only Simon Lappin has found the net - not the news Old Firms wanted to hear. Surely there'll be goals after the break?

2031: "Thomas, who are the referees in all 3 games?"
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Kenny Clark is the ref at Pittodrie, Stuart Dougal at Tannadice and Charlie Richmond at Easter Road.

2029: Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam blazes a free-kick high over the bar.

2027: If Rangers can get a goal before half-time it would send a ripple of tension around the stands at Tannadice. Neither Old Firm side have their shooting boots on!

2024: Mark de Vries fires wide of the post with the goal at his mercy. Celtic fans behind the goal can't bear to watch.

2022: Celtic fans are starting to sound a touch frustrated with what they're watching. Anyone else feeling nervous?

2020: The Aberdeen and Rangers fans are creating a fantastic atmosphere at Pittodrie. Walter Smith's side are piling on the pressure in search of a goal.

2018: Despite failing to find the target yet, you reckon Rangers striker Jean-Claude Darcheville (7.50) is the best player on view at Pittodrie. Rate the players

2012: If Rangers need four goals we're getting to the stage of one every 15 minutes - and Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield looks in impressive form.

2010: "Shunsuke Nakamura is having a go at Andreas Hinkel and is urging him to get further forward."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young

2006: Darcheville sends a shot into the side netting from close-range. Still goalless at Pittodrie.

2005: Lee Naylor sends a long ball in the direction of McGeady, but the ball sails out for a goal-kick. A familiar sight in Celtic games this season.

2004: Aberdeen's Chris Macguire sends a shot just over the bar.

2000: Aiden McGeady spurns a great chance to put Celtic in front at Tannadice. Shunsuke Nakamura's through ball was met by McGeady, but Zaluska but Lukasz Zaluska pushes it away for a corner

1958: "If Celtic win tonight, does that mean Rangers have had a bad season?"
Paul, from Glasgow, via text on 81111

I think Walter Smith has transformed Rangers this season, Paul, as the run to the Uefa Cup has shown.

1955: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis sees his shot cleared for a corner at Pittodrie. Christian Dailly's flashing shot is then saved by Jamie Langfield.

1954: Dundee United striker Noel Hunt forces Artur Boruc into a superb save. United look up for this game!

1951: GOAL: Motherwell's Simon Lappin fires the visitors in front against Hibs at Easter Road.

No need for the helicopter to take off just yet.

1950: "I'm keeping all my toes and fingers crossed for a miracle shower of goals for Rangers tonight."
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1948: Kick-off at Tannadice, Pittodrie and Easter Road - we're under way!

1947:"I think there's too much pressure on Celtic tonight."
Richard, Liverpool, via text 81111

1945: A minute's applause at Tannadice for Celtic first-team coach Tommy Burns, who died last week.

1944: TEAMS - Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dillon, Dods, Kenneth, Grainger, Flood, Kerr, Gomis, Swanson, De Vries, Hunt

Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Hartley, Robson, McGeady, McDonald, Vennegoor of Hesselink.

1940: "I think this is going to be a strange night and Rangers might just do it."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1916: TEAMS - Aberdeen: Langfield, Maybury, Severin, Diamond, Foster, Maguire, Nicholson, Touzani, Duff, Miller, Mackie

Rangers: Alexander, Dailly, Weir, Cuellar, Whittaker, Davis, Ferguson, Thomson, Adam, Darcheville, Cousin.

Rangers go with two up front, Walter Smith knows he needs a goal glut at Pittodrie to have any hope of catching Celtic.

Jean-Claude Darcheville and Daniel Cousin will be tasked with getting the goals.

Aberdeen shuffle their pack with Andrew Considine and Josh Walker replacing Zander Diamond and Chris Maguire.

What do you make of the line-ups at Pittodrie?
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1906 BST: Celtic and Rangers face a nerve-shredding end to the Scottish Premier League season as the title race reaches its climax on Thursday.

Gordon Strachan's side travel to Dundee United, while Rangers visit Aberdeen.

Both Old Firm sides are locked on 86 points, with Celtic's goal difference four better off than their rivals.

Celtic captain Stephen McManus wants to win the title in memory of late coach Tommy Burns, while Gers boss Walter Smith says his side have had a superb season - whether they secure the title or not.

Rangers have won the SPL title on the final day in 2003 and 2005 - can they make it three in a row, or will Gordon Strachan become the third Celtic manager to win three consecutive league titles?




see also
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22 May 08 |  Football
Dundee United 0-1 Celtic
22 May 08 |  Scottish Premier
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22 May 08 |  Scottish Premier
Strachan revels in title win
22 May 08 |  Scottish Premier
Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
22 May 08 |  Scottish Premier


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