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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