Celtic's road to the Scottish Premier League title 
Season 2011/12 



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Celtic began their title-chasing campaign back in July with a 2-0 victory away to Hibernian; Ki Sung-Yeung (above) scored the second goal



Celtic beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Pittodrie early in August although last season's Scotland Player of the Year Emilio Izaguirre is stretchered off 


Neil Lennon's men suffered an early season setback following a home defeat by St Johnstone with Kris Commons seeing his penalty saved


Young starlet James Forrest shone as the Hoops won back-to-back matches including a 4-0 home victory over Motherwell at the beginning of September


Steven Naismith scores twice as Rangers come from behind to win 4-2 in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox


Celtic lose a third league match of the campaign in early October with a 2-0 reverse at Tynecastle with leaders Rangers holding a ten point lead at the top


In a pitoval moment in the title race, Celtic mount a stirring comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Kilmarnock with Charlie Mulgrew (above) heading the equaliser 


A week later, Mulgrew scored against his old club to get Celtic back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Parkhead


Substitute Gary Hooper scores a late winner in a 2-1 win at Motherwell in November as Celtic leapfrogged their opponents into second place


Hooper nets a hat-trick later in Celtic's biggest win of the season so far- 5-0 against St Mirren- later in the month


Goalkeeper Fraser Forster makes a vital late penalty save in a 1-0 home win versus Hearts at the beginning of December


Joe Ledley (above) scores the only goal as Celtic replace Rangers at the top of the SPL to send them two points clear of their Old Firm rivals after the second derby of the season


Skipper Scott Brown is on target in a 2-0 success at St Mirren as Celtic end a weekend in January four points ahead of Rangers who drew with Aberdeen


Celtic run riot in their midweek catch-up match at the start of February demolishing Hearts 4-0


The goals and wins keep on coming for Celtic which included a 5-0 victory at Easter Road as Rangers' form falters and they are deducted ten points for entering administration 


Boss Neil Lennon looks on as he sees his side's 17 match winning streak come to an end following a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen in March although Celtic still have a 21 point gap over second-placed Rangers going into the third Old Firm derby of the campaign 


Thomas Rogne (above) pulls a goal back late on but nine-man Celtic cannot secure the title at Ibrox after slumping to a 3-2 defeat in the Old Firm clash at the end of March


After suffering a first league defeat in 21 matches against Rangers, Celtic were back to form against St Johnstone with Georgios Samaras heading in the opening goal in a 2-0 win. Rangers' dramatic 2-1 success at Motherwell the previous day ensured the Hoops would have to wait longer for the title.


Mulgrew (above) sets Celtic on their way to a romping 6-0 win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park which clinches a first title for Neil Lennon as manager and the club's first for four years 


Celtic players show their delight in winning the club's 43rd Scottish Premier League title


Scott Brown leads the Celtic title party (above) holding a giant inflatable champagne bottle


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