Celtic extended their unbeaten run to seven Premiership games as Joel Mogorosi bagged a second half goal to edge visiting Platinum Stars 1-0 at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday
Mogorosi netted the only goal of the game midway through the second period, adding three priceless points to Celtic's cause, lifting the Free State side to eighth in the standings, leapfrogging Dikwena in the process.
The win came as a welcome boost to Ernst Middendorp and his team, who drew their last three league encounters, which saw them slide down the table and dangerously close to not finishing inside the top eight for next season.
Despite an uneventful opening quarter where neither side looked like getting on the scoresheet, Celtic went about searching for the opening goal, as Hellings Mhango and Joel Mogorosi had attempts on goal go wide of the mark midway through the half.
With little in the way of chances, Stars got their first effort on goal, courtesy of a nasty deflection from Alfred Ndengane, who tried to get in the way of a cross into the box, but nearly succeeded in sending the ball into his own net moments before half-time.
A poor first half display was followed by an equally dire second period, as both teams looked content to sit back and failed to impress heading forward, neither able to carve out any real goalscoring opportunities.
A rare shot from Celtic found the safe hands of Stars goalkeeper Mpontshane, before Mogorosi finally put the ball into the back of the net on the hour mark, following a good cross from half-time replacement Lerato Lamola, who picked out an unmarked Mogorosi in the area.
Lamola was in fine form since coming on at the break and came close to doubling Phunya Sele Sele's advantage in the 70th minute, but his thunderous effort was well-saved after the shot was hit straight at Mpontshane and did little to trouble the keeper.