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Celtic Beats Inverness to Claim Scottish Premier League Title

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April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Celtic beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-1 to win the Scottish Premier League and claim its 44th national soccer championship.

The hosts, needing a point to retain the title at Celtic Park, got two Gary Hooper goals around one from Joe Ledley to put away Inverness. Georgios Samaras scored in the 88th minute, while Aaron Doran got a goal for the visitors in stoppage time.

The victory gives Celtic an unbeatable 15-point lead over Motherwell, which beat Dundee United 3-1 two days ago, with four games left in the season.

Celtic has now won a record eight Scottish Premier League titles, one more than Rangers. The two Glasgow clubs have combined to win every championship since the SPL began in 1998.

Rangers this season won the fourth-tier Third Division title after being dropped from the SPL last July. The record 54-time Scottish champion was put into the lower league for going into liquidation after the U.K. tax authorities rejected a proposal to allow the club to avoid bankruptcy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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