Celtic strikers insist title race is not over despite huge lead over Rangers

The Hoops claimed a 5-0 victory at Hibernian to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 17 points but Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper deny the SPL has been won
Celtic forwards Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper have claimed the SPL title race is not over, despite opening up a lead of 17 points at the top of the table.

The Hoops eased to a 5-0 victory at Hibernian on Sunday afternoon, a day after Rangers suffered a home defeat to Kilmarnock in the week they went into administration.

Stokes headed the visitors into an early lead before Hooper quickly doubled their advantage.

After the break Charlie Mulgrew curled in a free kick before Hooper struck his second of the game. South Korean international Ki Sung-Yueng wrapped things up when Kris Commons’ shot deflected in off him late on.

With Rangers being docked ten points, Celtic look to have an unassailable lead as they aim to claim their first league title since 2008.

The result at Easter Road extended their run of 18 domestic victories but Stokes claimed they are taking nothing for granted.

"It was a great performance with some outstanding goals so we're delighted," he told Sky Sports.

“We're in a good position in the league and concentrating on ourselves. We're there at the top and that's where we want to stay.

"The title race is still alive. We're going to go on to the last day in the title run-in. It was a very good performance today and we're delighted with the result."

Hooper agreed that the title is far from won and praised the strength of Celtic’s squad.

"It was a good performance from both of us and the team, but we're taking it game by game," he said.

"We've got a great squad, we keep a lot of clean sheets. The (defence) get on with their job and we get on with ours and we've got to keep doing that and look forward to the next game."