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3rd Apr, 2017 | 7:32am

Joe Ledley sends Twitter message to Celtic after 48th Scottish Premiership triumph

By Will Butcher

Joe Ledley has applauded Celtic for the way in which they secured a 48th Scottish Premiership title in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge.

The Bhoys were confirmed as league champions on Sunday, as they trounced Hearts on Tyneside 5-0, thanks to a Scott Sinclair hat-trick.

Former Hoops midfielder Ledley, who is now with Crystal Palace, posted on his personal Twitter account that Celtic had produced “some fantastic performances” throughout the season.

Ledley, 30, played for Celtic for a total of four years between 2010 and 2014, winning three successive Scottish Premiership titles as well as a Scottish Cup.

Rodgers’ side held the trophy aloft in style, after demolishing the Jam Tarts to score five goals or more in one match for the seventh time this season.

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Sinclair opened the scoring with a neat one-two with on-loan winger Patrick Roberts, before slamming the ball past Jack Hamilton into the roof of the net.

Sinclair doubled Celtic’s tally, with Roberts the provider again, as he finished when put through one-on-one.

Man-of-the-moment Stuart Armstrong got in on the act with a well-placed drive from the edge of the box, while Roberts curled one into the top corner from 15 yards out.

Sinclair rounded the win and the title off in style by going over in the penalty area before dusting himself down to dispatch a penalty, taking home the match ball to go with his winner’s medal.

Celtic are still on course to complete a treble in Rodgers’ first season, but will come up against Rangers in the semi final of the Scottish Cup.

In other Celtic news, this 25-year-old star reportedly wants to quit and move abroad.

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