posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 06:48 PM
Martin O'Neill's Celtic healed the pain of
Spain by wrapping up their third Bank of Scotland Premier League title in four years with a controversial 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby
Celtic were hurting after their UEFA Cup quarter-final exit to Villarreal on Wednesday but Stilian Petrov's 32nd-minute goal moved them an
unassailable 16 points clear of fierce rivals Rangers at the top of the league.Kilmarnock might have taken the lead, but Kris Boyd's goal was ruled
out for a push by Eric Skora on Bobo Balde. Stanislav Varga had hit the post for Celtic and Killie goalkeeper Colin Meldrum saved from Petrov's feet
before Celtic scored the game's only goal.Petrov converted after a neat flick from Henrik Larsson and Celtic held on to secure another league title.
Celtic have now gone unbeaten through 32 SPL games this season and are 16 points clear of second-placed Rangers. Goalkeeper Rab Douglas, defender
Johan Mjallby and midfielder Paul Lambert have not started many games in recent weeks but were handed the chance to be on the field for the title
party by boss Martin O'Neill.