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As I Am launch Keepie Uppie competition...23 July 2018; As I Am, Charity Partner of the Arsenal V Chelsea match in the Aviva Stadium, launch fund raising Keepie Uppie competition with the help of former Chelsea player Damien Duff and freestyle footballer Malachy Crann from Stillorgan, Dublin. Pictured is Damien Duff during the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile ...1RP

As I Am launch Keepie Uppie competition...23 July 2018; As I Am, Charity Partner of the Arsenal V Chelsea match in the Aviva Stadium, launch fund raising Keepie Uppie competition with the help of former Chelsea player Damien Duff and freestyle footballer Malachy Crann from Stillorgan, Dublin. Pictured is Damien Duff during the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile ...1RP

As I Am launch Keepie Uppie competition...23 July 2018; As I Am, Charity Partner of the Arsenal V Chelsea match in the Aviva Stadium, launch fund raising Keepie Uppie competition with the help of former Chelsea player Damien Duff and freestyle footballer Malachy Crann from Stillorgan, Dublin. Pictured is Damien Duff during the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile ...1RP

Neil Lennon has hailed the part played by Damien Duff in Celtic's ninth successive SPL title.

The Bhoys were confirmed as champions after officials decided to cancel the season and not resume the campaign, so Celtic get the title and bottom side Hearts are relegated. 

Duff (41) had worked as first team coach under Lennon after an initial spell as reserve team manager and the Dubliner, who is also in Stephen Kenny's backroom team with Ireland, was recognised.

"As manager of this great club it has been an honour to deliver your 9th successive title win. I could not have done this without John Kennedy and Damien Duff and thank both of them for their support," Lennon said.  

"It has also been an honour to work with such a special group of players, a squad crammed with talent, spirit, strength and resilience," he added.

Hearts have proposed a "league reconstruction" in an attempt to keep their top flight status without resorting to court action. "We hope that the resolution being prepared will avoid the need to go down this route," they said.