Georgios Samaras spoke of his love for Celtic after scoring in the 4-1 title-clinching victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The forward put in a string of impressive displays during the Bhoys’ Champions League campaign, so it was perhaps fitting that he notched the final goal of the championship-clinching match.

Samaras told the official Celtic website: "I have no bad memories at Celtic, it’s all good.

“Of course you have your ups and downs just like everyone else, but in the end I love this club and do my best to be a winner.”

It was the striker’s third Scottish Premier League title since arriving from Manchester City in 2008.

Glasgow Rangers’ demotion to the fourth tier may have made Celtic’s task considerably easier, but there was no sense that this detracted from the achievement.

“Everybody at this club, the supporters, the coaching staff, the medical staff, everyone working behind the scenes; we all have a lot to be proud of,” Samaras insisted.

“We deserve to win the league this year, 100 per cent. We are the best team with the best players both individually and as a team.”

This success was the 44th time Celtic have won the Scottish top flight - a feat bettered only my rivals Rangers.

However the Hoops’ season is far from over. Hampden Park awaits, and the Greek international believes topping the league motivates Celtic to win the Scottish Cup too.

“Winning the league has, for sure, given us an extra incentive to win the double. This is a good time to go and win it,” he summarised.

Celtic face Hibernian in the final at the end of May.

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