Two late goals from Motherwell earned them a 3-3 draw with champions Rangers at Ibrox but it wasn't enough to claim fourth place and a European spot. In what could be his last appearance for the club Kris Boyd, who is out of contract in the summer, got the title party started with his 101st Scottish Premier League goal for Rangers in the 17th minute.
Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty scored his sixth and seventh of the season either side of substitute Jamie Murphy's goal to seemingly put Rangers cruising to victory. But Motherwell, who came from 6-2 behind against Hibernian to seal a 6-6 draw in midweek, sparked another remarkable comeback in the 90th minute when Steven Jennings scored before an injury time penalty from Lukas Jutkiewicz pulled them level.
However, a 2-0 victory for Hibernian at Tannadice, thanks to a Colin Nish double, means the Easter Road side will finish in fourth spot ahead of Well. At Tynecastle rivals Celtic made it eight wins in a row under interim manager Neil Lennon with goals from on-loan Robbie Keane and Chinese captain Zheng Zhi either side of Marius Zaliukas sealing a 2-1 win as the Hoops finished six points behind Rangers.
After the game at Ibrox, Rangers captain David Weir, who finished the season having played in every minute of their 38 league games, was presented with the league trophy on the day before his 40th birthday. Any thoughts the champions would be taking it easy were dispelled within the first minute when Steven Whittaker drilled a rising shot from 20 yards that just cleared the crossbar.
Boyd scored his 23rd league goal of the season in the 17th minute. The hitman started the move when he picked out Steven Davis and collected a return pass in the box before spinning marker Steven Saunders and lashing a low shot beyond John Ruddy into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Motherwell's first chance fell to Jutkiewicz, who headed Barnsley-bound Jim O'Brien's cross over the bar. Ruddy then came to the rescue for Well when the on-loan Everton keeper tipped Miller's well-hit low drive round the post. Lafferty, who scored the goal that clinched the championship in a 1-0 win over Hibernian two weeks ago, made it 2-0 in the 40th minute.
The striker got in front of Tom Hately to knock Steven Naismith's cross from the right high past Ruddy from eight yards out. Craig Brown's side came out from the break and half-time sub Murphy pulled one back in the 51st minute.
O'Brien went on a run past three defenders before sending a cut-back to the edge of the box that Murphy smashed low past Neil Alexander. Lafferty got his second in the 70th minute after good work from sub Nacho Novo. The Spaniard, on for Miller, went on a mazy run down the right before firing the ball across goal which evaded Boyd but was tapped in at the back post by Lafferty for his seventh of the season.
Motherwell pulled one back in the 90th minute when Jennings intercepted Weir's slack headed pass-back to fire home before Alexander brought down Murphy in the box with Jutkiewicz sending the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to pull Well level in injury time.