Larsen pleased with form

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says team have improved since the start of the campaign
Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says he is pleased with the recent upturn in form for his side and is expecting them to kick-on for the remainder of the season.

Celtic started the season with back-to-back defeats to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 quarterfinals and then away at Black Leopards in their league opener.

But since then they have won two of their last three and Larsen says new signings such as Itumeleng Duiker and Mduduzi Nyanda will add solidity to the squad and give them better depth.

“I think we have been improving as the matches have gone on and that is important,” Larsen says. “Obviously we did not start as we would have liked, but it was also not because we were playing that badly.

“I think there were one or two tough decisions that went against us, a couple of penalties that we gave away, and that is not something you can control.

“But certainly in the last game against Ajax Cape Town [a 2-1 win] we were much better, especially in the second half and hopefully we can push on even further from that result.”

Larsen introduced three debutants in that game – Duiker, Nyanda and Limbikani Mzava – a sign that he was ready to make changes to his team.

“Those guys played very well on Sunday. Mzava was solid at the back. We replaced him after picking up a knock on his thigh. Duiker also did well when he replaced John [Arwuah] in the second stanza. As for Nyanda, he was not too bad in his first match for the club. We replaced him at halftime because we wanted to attack with two strikers.”

Next up for Celtic is an away trip to Chippa United on Wednesday. Having lost all four of their away games to date this season, this would be the perfect time to pick up their first points.