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Glasgow Rangers Win World Record 54th Scottish Football League Championship

SPL Champions 2010/11
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Marc RosebladeContributor IIIMay 15, 2011

After all the buildup to Helicopter Sunday, the league was done and dusted after only seven minutes in which Rangers managed to hit the back of the net three times.

In what could have been a to-and-fro affair with eyes swapping from the match at Kilmarnock, where Rangers just needed to win, and the match at Celtic Park between challengers Celtic and Motherwell, it took just 47 seconds for Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty to score the first of five for the Ibrox side this afternoon.

In a perfect start to the match, Lafferty picked up a through ball to coolly lob over the stranded Killie keeper to send the huge travelling Rangers supporter into raptures.

Naismith was next on the score sheet after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box to fire home past the outstretched Bell in the home team's goal.

The third goal was added by an on-fire Lafferty to silence any doubters and after only seven minutes of play—the result and title was at this early stage of the match, beyond doubt. 

Lafferty completed his hat trick with fellow striker Jelavic adding a simply sublime free-kick strike to give Walter Smith a dream end to his tenor at Ibrox.

This victory gave Walter Smith his 10th Scottish league championship and his third in a row with Rangers having now won an incredible world-record 54 league championship titles.

In the other championship challenging match, Celtic defeated fellow Scottish Cup finalists Motherwell 4-0 at Celtic Park, but it wasn't enough to change the outcome of the winner's trophy.

After a week of speculation about Celtic boss Neil Lennon, he said afterwards to the capacity crowd, "This isn't the end, this is the beginning."

Rangers win world-record 54th Scottish Football Championship title.

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