Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists nothing will detract them from their ninth consecutive title success

The Hoops were declared champions while Hearts will be relegated unless their owner, Ann Budge, can come up with a reconstruction plan that will garner enough support – By Enock Mukoma

Budge has threatened legal action if her attempts fail but the SPFL revealed Premiership clubs had unanimously agreed that the season could not be completed.

The league board had the authority to conclude the campaign on a points-per-game average following a club vote which ended the lower divisions last month and Celtic were clear winners.

Lennon’s men were 13 points ahead of Rangers, who had a game in hand, after claiming 11 points more than their rivals during 2020 before play was suspended amid the pandemic on March 13.

Lennon had insisted on that day that Celtic should be awarded the title if action could not resume and he will not accept any claims that their achievement is diminished in any way.

Celtic scored 89 goals in 30 matches, a higher total than they managed in four of the eight previous 38-game campaigns.

“We were desperate to continue the blistering form we were in when the season was suspended,” Lennon said on his club’s website.

“However, do not in any way let this detract from our achievement. While many will seek to challenge us, the title is ours and we deserve it. We are indeed champions for a reason.

“To be sitting here now as the manager of the nine-in-a-row, and having played a huge part in that, fills me with so much pride.”

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