Celtic look to improve against Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic will be the next team to test SuperSport United’s Absa Premiership form when they head over to the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off at 3:30pm.

Siwelele started life under Ernst Middendorp on Tuesday evening when they played host to Moroka Swallows in an attempt to forget about their troubled league form.

Signs of improvement were visible from the first whistle but a brace by Siyabong Nomvethe left Celtic backpedalling for a result.

A stoppage time goal by debutant Frank Mhango allowed Celtic to salvage a late 2-2 draw and it was a result which midfielder Keagan Buchanan feels have given the squad a lift in spirits.

“I spent three years at SuperSport United so I know about them. They have a good coach, depth and a great set-up,” said Buchanan.

“We will go their fighting and with confidence from our performance against Swallows.

“We have to respect them because they have been on form and are in the last four of the Telkom Knockout.”

The result was another two goals conceded for the Free State club, bringing their tally to 12 goals conceded in seven games, and there are fears of how they will deal with the likes of SuperSport’s impressive attack force.

“Whoever wants to get it on the day will get it right,” added Buchanan. “The best we can do is come away with the three points and if not then one point will do.

“I think defensively we are slowly coming right. Even against Swallows we didn’t do too badly and Clayton [Daniels] I think can handle someone like Mame Niang. I believe we have two world class centre-backs.

“It will be tough for SuperSport but we have to go there, contain them and keep focus.”

Cavin Johnson’s men continued with their impressive form on Wednesday evening when they ousted Maritzburg United 1-0 with a goal from David Mathebula.

Goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez says he hopes his side will be able to continue with their winning momentum.

“For us it wasn’t much of a smash and grab win. It was never going to be easy travelling to Pietermaritzburg,” he says.

“Both Maritzburg and Celtic have new coaches and with that the players always want to impress.

“You could see Clinton Larsen has already had an effect on the team. They are playing the quick football he used at Celtic but, from a SuperSport perspective, we are happy with the three points.

“Celtic have good players and I have worked with Ernst Middendorp before and I know they will be motivated.

“We will be playing at home and that is an extra bonus for us and we just hope to keep the momentum going. So far it has been successful.”