Celtic thrashes Hearts to win sixth consecutive Scottish title

Hearts had lost only three at home so far this season, but was blown away by the runaway leader, which took the lead through Sinclair after 24 minutes when he fired into the roof of the net from an acute angle after fine interplay with Patrick Roberts.

Celtic's Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts and Kieran Tierney celebrate winning the Scottish Premiership Reuters.   -  REUTERS

Celtic thrashed Hearts 5-0 away to win its 48th Scottish title on Sunday, with Scott Sinclair scoring a hat-trick as Brendan Rodgers's side claimed a sixth consecutive Premiership.

Hearts had lost only three at home so far this season, but was blown away by the runaway leader, which took the lead through Sinclair after 24 minutes when he fired into the roof of the net from an acute angle after fine interplay with Patrick Roberts.

The forward doubled his tally three minutes later with a sharp finish to give Celtic a stranglehold on the match, before Stuart Armstrong and Roberts wrapped up victory with second-half efforts.

SPL top scorer Sinclair completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the 84th minute as Celtic moved up to 86 points after 30 matches, 25 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, and 35 ahead of Glasgow rivals Rangers in third.

“I've grown up with the club - and to be responsible to give the supporters that joy is really humbling for me,” Rodgers told Celtic's official website.

“We never get tired of trying to get better, and of trying to improve,” he continued. “That's something we've tried to impose onto the players and their mentality, and we always have to look to be better.”

Rodgers' side are still unbeaten having drawn just two matches and having already won the League Cup. They have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers coming up on April 23 so remain on course for the treble.

“To win the title without losing a game is, of course, a great achievement,” added Rodgers.