Bhoys dedicate league victory to Burns

May 22, 2008

Celtic striker Scott McDonald dedicated the team's Scottish Premier League triumph to former coach Tommy Burns after the victory at Dundee United.

Hoops legend Burns, who died seven days ago, had been first-team coach at Celtic and McDonald was quick to pay tribute following the 1-0 win at Tannadice.

'We loved him,' McDonald told BBC Radio Scotland.

'He was just a gentleman at heart. God rest his soul.

'We did this for you Tommy - God bless.'

McDonald famously denied Celtic the SPL title in 2005 when his two late goals for Motherwell against the Hoops handed the trophy to Rangers.

The Australian, who finished the season as the SPL's top scorer, was delighted to play his part in Celtic's third championship in a row.

'It's something I'll never forget,' he said.

'After three years ago, it's great to put that right and I'm certainly going to enjoy this.'

Striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink got the game's only goal at Tannadice, and he praised Burns as the Celtic supporters in the crowd sang the name of the club's former manager.

'It's incredible,' said the Dutchman. 'It's about Tommy Burns, it's a tribute to him.

'We did it and it's a great feeling.'

Winger Aiden McGeady added on Setanta: 'It's not been a perfect season but we've done amazingly to get back into it and win the league.'

McGeady came through the ranks at Parkhead and knew Burns well, which made it inevitable he would think of his former coach as the title came Celtic's way.

'It crossed my mind a few times, yes,' said McGeady.

'Obviously Tommy's looking down on us and gave us a bit of luck tonight.'

Manager Strachan was under intense pressure when Rangers looked set to be convincing winners of the league.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: 'This has been one of the most fantastic occasions of my life.

'I'm with a bunch of guys who believed in me and I believed in them.

'I really do believe this is one the most satisfying nights of my life - not for me really but to see the players who have come under a lot of pressure during the season

'What I'm going to do now is - and it's only fair - I'm going to go away and be with people who have supported and believed in us the whole season through.'