Scottish Premiership champions Celtic eased to a 6-0 victory on trophy day; Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis scored a double with David Turnbull and Jota also on target; it was an emotional farewell for Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton as they made their final appearances for the Hoops
Celtic made it a title party to remember as they turned on the style to beat Motherwell 6-0 in their final game of the season.
It was a day of celebration at Celtic Park after they reclaimed the Scottish Premiership title with a midweek draw at Dundee United.
And they made sure it was a party to remember against a Motherwell side who had already secured European football for next season.
Doubles from Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis and goals from David Turnbull and Jota made it a title party to remember as both Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton said an emotional farewell to the club they had called home for ten seasons.
Celtic’s stunning title win has also guaranteed the fans will get to enjoy Champions League group stage football next season which is worth around £40m to the club.
How Celtic got the party started on trophy day
Ange Postecoglou, league and League Cup winner in his first season in charge, has transformed a club from one which finished 25 points behind Rangers last season to finishing four points ahead of their great rivals.
Motherwell had already qualified for the Europa Conference League qualifiers but they will want to forget this game in a hurry.
Australia midfielder Rogic started the game to the approval of the excited home support as Jota, Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Turnbull also came back into the side with Israel international Bitton on the bench.
Well boss Graham Alexander made two changes with Bevis Mugabi and Victor Nirennold, in for his first start since signing in January, replacing Liam Donnelly and Juhani Ojala and they and their team-mates spent most of the first half.
It seemed only a matter of time until Celtic got the breakthrough and it came following a mistake by Nirennold in the 22nd minute.
The French defender miskicked a deep corner from Jota inside the box and the Japan international wasted no time in turning and rifling a low drive past Well keeper Liam Kelly at his near post.
In the 32nd minute, as Motherwell retreated from a rare attack, Jota’s cross from the left was met by the sliding Rogic whose shot rebounded off the post with the offside flag going up or lurking Hoops striker Maeda.
Celtic then had a minute or so of slackness.
Motherwell’s Joe Efford set up Dean Cornelius but his unconvincing shot from 16 yards went well wide.
The home side imposed themselves again and scored twice before the break.
Turnbull combined with Maeda and turned Fir Park defender Rickie Lamie before shooting past Kelly from 12 yards before Furuhashi then volleyed in a perfectly-weighted pass from defender Anthony Ralston with trademark technique.
Motherwell had to regroup at the interval and striker Kevin Van Veen replaced Sean Goss but it made no difference.
In the 59th minute, after Furuhashi’s pass to Maeda bounced off his fellow Japanese international, Jota latched onto a loose ball to sweep it past Kelly.
Then, amid a slew of substitutions, Rogic was given a standing ovation from the fans and embraced by his team mates as he went off for the last time and he was clearly overcome by emotion.
Celtic kept going and in the 68th minute the Steelmen’s defence allowed Giakoumakis to execute an overhead kick from six yards.
There were more cheers in the 85th minute when Bitton took over from captain Callum McGregor and he enjoyed his final moments in a green and white shirt, where Giakoumakis bundled in number six from close range in added time.