Champions Celtic celebrated trophy day with a merciless 6-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.
The Hoops clinched their 10th Premiership title in 11 years at Dundee United on Wednesday night to ensure a party in the final game of the season, which saw a brace from striker Kyogo Furuhashi and an intervening goal from former Well midfielder David Turnbull 3-0 at break.
Goals from Portuguese winger Jota and substitute Giorgos Giakoumakis in the second half, scoring twice, added to a happy afternoon.
There was more emotion as Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic said goodbye as they played their final games for the club after nine years of service, and they received a standing ovation – their shirt numbers – in the sixth and 18th minutes respectively.
Ange Postecoglou, winner of the Premier League and League Cup in his first season in charge, has transformed a club from a club that fell 25 points behind Rangers last season to four points ahead of their big rivals.
Motherwell had already qualified for Europa Conference League qualifiers but they will want to forget that game quickly.
Australia midfielder Rogic started the game to the approval of the enthusiastic home support as Jota, Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Turnbull also came back into the squad while Israel international Bitton was on the bench.
Well boss Graham Alexander has made two changes in Bevis Mugabe and Victor Nirennold, starting for the first time since he was signed in January, replacing Liam Donnelly and Juhani Ojala.
It seemed only a matter of time before Celtic made the breakthrough, coming after a 22nd-minute error by Nirennold.
The French defender deflected a deep corner from Jota inside the box and Furuhashi wasted no time, turning and blasting a low drive past well-keeper Liam Kelly past his near post.
In the 32nd minute, as Motherwell backed away from a rare attack, Jota’s cross from the left found a slithering Rogic whose shot ricocheted off the post, sending up the offside flag for lurking Hoops striker Maeda.
Celtic then had about a minute of neglect.
Joe Efford set up Dean Cornelius but his unconvincing shot from 16 yards went wide.
The home side prevailed again and scored twice before the break.
Turnbull paired with Maeda, converted defender Rickie Lamie and shot past Kelly from 12 yards before Furuhashi then volleyed a perfectly weighted pass from Anthony Ralston with signature technique.
Motherwell had to regroup at the break and striker Kevin Van Veen replaced Sean Goss but it made no difference.
In the 59th minute, after Furuhashi’s pass to Maeda ricocheted off his Japan international, Jota grabbed a loose ball to sweep it past Kelly.
Then, amid a series of substitutions, Rogic received a standing ovation from the fans and was hugged by his teammates as he walked off for the final time, and he was clearly overcome with emotion.
Celtic pressed on and in the 68th minute the Steelmen’s defense allowed Giakoumakis to execute an overhead kick from six yards.
There was more cheering in the 85th minute as Bitton took over for captain Callum McGregor and he savored his final moments in the green and white shirt while Giakoumakis scored from close range as the number six in added time.
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