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Scottish Premier League title goes to the Rangers


Rangers recaptured the Scottish Premier League title from Celtic on goal difference on Sunday with a 6-1 romp against Dunfermline.

Although Celtic won 4-0 at Kilmarnock and also missed a penalty, Rangers -- already just ahead on goals scored -- made sure with a high-scoring victory at Ibrox Park after a last minute penalty by Spanish forward Mikel Arteta. The two Scottish soccer giants had gone into the final round of games level on points and goal difference in the closest finish in the 113-year history of the championship.

They wound up level on 97 points and Rangers finished with a slightly better goal difference of 73 to Celtic's 72.

Even if Alan Thompson had converted his second penalty of the game at Killie, Rangers would still have won the title on the number of goals scored. Alex McLeish's team, which last won the title in 2000, scored 101 to Celtic's 98.

"It was unbelievable; what an ending," said Rangers' Dutch forward Ronald de Boer. "I couldn't watch the penalty. Normally if I don't watch, it goes in."

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