Rangers ended the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten with an easy win over Aberdeen as they officially lifted the Scottish title for the 55th time.
They are the first side to do so since Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in 2016-17 and also matched their city rivals’ 107-year-old clean-sheet record.
The 13 goals conceded is one less than Celtic achieved in that 1913-14 season.
Their task was made easier by Joe Lewis’ early own goal, with Kemar Roofe adding two more and Jermain Defoe one.
They lived dangerously at the back after the break but survived with their goal intact to finish the campaign having gone 26 league games without conceding and to break through the 100-point mark for the first time in Rangers’ history.
Having won all 19 home league games in a season, they also become the first team to do so since Martin O’Neill’s Celtic, who won 26 consecutively between 2002 and 2004.
Rangers have now not lost to Aberdeen in eight meetings, winning all four of their encounters this season, including two 4-0 wins at Ibrox.
Having not scored in their previous four most recent visits to Ibrox and having already finished in fourth place, Stephen Glass’ side started like one with little to play for and little belief that they could end Rangers’ dominance.
Contrasting fortunes of rival captains handed Rangers the initiative as a James Tavernier cross deflected off young defender Jack MacKenzie and goalkeeper Lewis somehow managed to divert a ball that looked to be spinning side into his own net.
The sound of chanting fans anticipating the post-match trophy presentation continued to grow outside Ibrox from a low murmur to a constant hum interspersed with the wail of the occasional police siren as Rangers extended theirlead.
Ryan Kent forced his way past Connor McLennan’s weak tackle to make it to the byline and his low cross into the six-yard box is flicked towards goal by Kemar Roofe and in off the again unfortunate MacKenzie.
A double substitution by visiting manager Glass turned the tide – but without improving the scoreline.
Unmarked substitute striker Fraser Hornby failed to turn in a Ryan Hedges cross to the back post, midfielder Lewis Ferguson fired against the underside of the crossbar with an even more open goal gaping and new Premiership player of the year Allan McGregor produced a series of saves.
However, two defensive slips allowed clinical Rangers to add the gloss to an outstanding season as Roofe and Defoe stroked past a hapless Lewis.
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- 17AriboSubstituted forIttenat 79′minutes
- 7HagiSubstituted forArfieldat 61′minutes
- 10DavisBooked at 85mins
- 25RoofeSubstituted forWrightat 69′minutes
- 20MorelosSubstituted forDefoeat 62′minutes
- 14KentSubstituted forStewartat 69′minutes
- 11HedgesSubstituted forRamseyat 89′minutes
- 17HayesSubstituted forMcGinnat 76′minutes
- 22KamberiSubstituted forHornbyat 45′minutes
- 9HendrySubstituted forCampbellat 45′minutes
Match ends, Rangers 4, Aberdeen 0.
Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Aberdeen 0.
James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).
Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).
Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).
Substitution, Aberdeen. Calvin Ramsey replaces Ryan Hedges.
Goal! Rangers 4, Aberdeen 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Greg Stewart.
Attempt saved. Fraser Hornby (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Ferguson with a headed pass.
Steven Davis (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Steven Davis (Rangers).
Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
Attempt saved. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraser Hornby with a through ball.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andrew Considine.
Attempt saved. Cedric Itten (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Stewart with a cross.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Fraser Hornby.
Substitution, Rangers. Cedric Itten replaces Joe Aribo because of an injury.