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Rangers have pipped it at the post as Celtic draw at home to Hearts allowing Rangers' 3-0 win over Dundee United to steer them to SPL glory.

Rangers have won their first Scottish league title since 2005 with a 3-0 victory away to Dundee United.

An early goal from Kyle Lafferty opened the floodgates for the 'Gers, with Pedro Mendes showing off his patented left-footed drive later in the first period, then Kris Boyd putting a bow on it soon after the restart to secure SPL title number 52 for the Teddy Bears.

Celtic had to beat Hearts to have any hopes of leapfrogging Rangers at the head of the table, but despite having the home advantage, the Hoops failed to get a positive result.

Marian Kello could be thanked by the Ibrox outfit as the Slovakian made a catalogue of heroic saves to keep a clean sheet for the Edinburgh side.

Calum Elliot almost poured salt in Celtic's wounds with a drive that had to be cleared off the line by Celts skipper Gary Caldwell, but the game ended as a goalless draw allowing Rangers to emerge the overall victors.

Concluding the action within the top six was Aberdeen's 2-1 win over Hibernian, the result meaning Jimmy Calderwood's side will enjoy Europa League action at the expense of Craig Levein's Dundee United.

Meanwhile, the tussle at the tail end of the table ended yesterday with Terry Butcher seeing the end of top-flight football for his resurgent Inverness Caley side, as a single goal from Michael Higdon was enough to oust the highlanders and secure SPL football for both Falkirk and St Mirren next season.

Stephen Crawford, Goal.com

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