Celtic stars react to beating Rangers to Scottish Premiership title

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou celebrates winning the Scottish Premiership

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou celebrates winning the Scottish Premiership (Image: Getty)

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says he ‘just wants to collapse’ after guiding the club to the Scottish Premiership title.

The Bhoys secured their 10th league triumph in 11 years after staying four points clear of Rangers and one game to go in a 1-1 draw with Dundee United in Tannadice on Wednesday night.

At the start of the year, Celtic were six points behind Rangers and needed a 31-game unbeaten run to overtake Glasgow rivals at the top of the league.

Postecoglou, whose qualification was in doubt when he arrived at Celtic Park last year, noted his players’ intense efforts to guide Rangers to the title.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound, he said: “It’s been a hell of a season. Our starting point was a long way back and the way this group of players and staff rose to the challenge – I couldn’t be prouder.

“It’s pretty overwhelming. It’s taken every ounce of me to get us where we are and when you reach the finish line you just want to break down.

“We were focused all season and didn’t let anything distract us. The players were really good at dealing with what was in front of them – and that’s not easy.”

Joe Hart has been a mainstay for Celtic this season (Image: Getty)

This year’s title win deserves extra praise considering Celtic defeated a Rangers side set to play in the Europa League final later this month.

Meanwhile, they finished last season 25 points adrift of the Gers, a major turning point for Postecoglou’s side.

Midfielder Callum McGregor believes the club’s success would not have been possible without their Australian coach.

He said: “The players trust the manager so much, you can see the fans love him too. He came with real authority and a real identity for this club. Those scenes will live in my heart forever.”

Former Manchester City defender Joe Hart was signed last summer and has been Postecoglou’s No1 goalkeeper this season.

At 35, the Englishman doesn’t have many years left as a professional player but is happy to have returned to winning ways at Celtic.

He added: “I feel great. It’s a feeling you never, ever tire of. Things don’t always go your way, but I live in the moment and this is my journey.

“The manager can only choose one goalkeeper. Right now he’s picking me and I’m doing everything to stay on this team and be a part of it.

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