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CELTIC MADE TO WAIT FOR TITLE PARTY

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CELTIC will have to keep the champagne on ice for another couple of weeks, at least, as they prepare to celebrate their sixth successive Premiership title.

A Hearts win over Aberdeen this afternoon would have left Brendan Rodgers’ side with the opportunity of lifting the championship against Dundee at Dens Park tomorrow.

However, second-placed Dons made no mistake against their tame Tynecastle visitors with a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory at Pittodrie.

It was Derek McInnes’ team’s ninth successive home success and stretched their advantage over Sevco Rangers to 11 points before the Ibrox outfit’s game against Hamilton Accies in Govan.

Hearts had a superb opportunity to open the scoring when Sam Nicholson found himself with just goalkeeper Joe Lewis to beat.

However, the youngster tried to be too elaborate with his finishing effort and curled the ball over the bar.

That was punished before the interval when Shay Logan put the Dons ahead with a close-range header after a good cross from the left.

And it was all over when Jonny Hayes capitalised on a dreadful defensive mix-up to round the exposed Jack Hamilton and roll the ball into the empty and inviting net.

The only dampener on an otherwise professional display by the Dons was the red card for substitute Jayden Stockley in the closing minutes.

The towering striker got involved in a silly off-the-ball incident which was spotted by referee Steven McLean who had no hesitation in dismissing the on-loan Englishman. img_3168-7.jpg

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