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“Masters, that’s us” – Postecoglou chokes back tears as the crowned Celtic master

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Celtic are awarded the Scottish Premiership title on Saturday after a 6-0 win over Motherwell

The Hoops ended their season with a 6-0 win over Motherwell on the day they finally celebrated their 10th title in 11 years.

Ange Postecoglou gave an emotional speech as Celtic were presented with the Scottish Premiership trophy on Saturday.

They were officially crowned champions on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against Dundee United at Tannadice – the same stadium where they relinquished their title last season – although their most recent point in the Old Firm effectively sealed their triumph .

Postecoglou fought back tears during his speech on the pitch. “Champions, this is us,” he said.

“I just want to thank everyone involved, from the board, management, the best employees in the country, the incredible commitment. I have a group of players who have been incredible – Champions of Scotland and well deserved.

“And the best for you [fans] on the planet, unbelievable. You hugged me, you hugged my family, you hugged this sweater! And I want everyone to enjoy today, enjoy summer and we’ll get bigger, better and never stop.

It caps a remarkable first season in charge of Postecoglou, who took charge of a side that finished 25 points behind Rangers, knowing full well that he had never been first choice and would not have gotten the appearance had Eddie Howe not faltered .

Those who had worked with Postecoglou in Australia knew his pedigree, but while he might have been a surprise in Glasgow, he was given total control.

That squad was altered by the departure of 14 players overwhelmed in Neil Lennon’s second spell, and just four of Postecoglou’s newcomers, Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Georgios Giakoumakis, scored 60 goals combined.

His side, on just a one-year ongoing contract, were six points off the pace on Boxing Day but went unbeaten in the league for eight months to make up that deficit.

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