Kevin Phillips claimed this year’s Scottish Premiership title is Neil Lennon’s best at Celtic after they fought off the challenge of Rangers so well.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner cited the improvement of Steven Gerrard’s side this season as to the reason why.

The SPFL announced on Monday that the Scottish Premiership would be curtailed after a unanimous agreement that the remaining fixtures could not be completed.

In an interview with Sky Sports in the wake of the win, Lennon claimed the title was his best despite the controversial circumstances in which it was awarded.

It is the Northern Irishman’s fifth league title as a manager at Parkhead, having won three in his first spell in charge between 2010 and 2014.

When asked by Football Insider if he agreed that it was Lennon’s best Championship in Glasgow, Phillips said: “It is because of the battles that they had with Rangers this season. I would agree with that.

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“I am 100% sure that Neil and Stevie would have love to have finished the season. But you are not going to say no to the title in these circumstances.

“It is not my choice but congratulations to Celtic and Neil on nine in a row. Now they will be going for 10 next year.

“I look forward to seeing Rangers push them all the way again next year.”

Lennon said: “To be stood here as the manager of a team that has won nine titles in a row is something you dream about.

“From a personal point of view, it feels absolutely amazing so, without doubt, this is the best one of the lot.”

The Hoops have been crowned champions for the ninth time in a row, equalling their feats between 1965 and 1974, as well as their Old Firm rivals Rangers between 1988 and 1997.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have ended their deep freeze of Brendan Rodgers.