Celtic Wins Scottish Premier League; Juventus Leads in Italy

Celtic routed Kilmarnock 6-0 to win its 43rd Scottish soccer championship, as Juventus took the Italian league lead.

Charlie Mulgrew and Gary Hooper each scored twice to lead Celtic to the away win at Rugby Park. Glenn Loovens and Joe Ledley added a goal apiece.

Celtic leads second-place Rangers, which defeated St. Mirren 3-1, by 18 points with five games remaining in the Scottish Premier League season. Rangers received a 10-point deduction in February after entering administration.

“It’s the best day of my professional life,” Celtic manager Neil Lennon said on the club’s website. “They deserve it. We’ve had the best team in Scotland by a long way and we have finished it in the right way.”

Juventus beat Palermo 2-0 to remain unbeaten after 31 games and take a one-point lead in Serie A over defending champion AC Milan, which lost 2-1 to Fiorentina on Carvalho Amauri’s 89th-minute goal.

In Spain, Lionel Messi scored twice, giving him 60 goals for the season, as Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 4-1 to pull within three points of Real Madrid, which plays Valencia tomorrow.

Borussia Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 3-1 to maintain its three-point lead in the German Bundesliga over Bayern Munich, which defeated Augsburg 2-1. Dortmund hosts Bayern in four days.

Montpelier defeated Sochaux 2-1 to move three points ahead in France’s Ligue 1 of Paris Saint-Germain, which hosts Marseille tomorrow.

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