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Celtic boss dopts wait-and-see policy on Middendorp

There might be some questions about the future of Bloemfontein Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp at the club, although club owner Max Tshabalala appears cagey about it.

This emerged after Celtic beat Kaizer Chiefs to retain the annual Macufe Cup at the weekend.

Tshabalala reiterated his backing of Middendorp, but said they would “have to see” what he would do with new players before deciding on his future role at the club.

While the match was only a friendly, Celtic are buoyed by the victory as they are the first team to beat Chiefs this season.

The Bloemfontein side has brought in Makuka Mulenga from Mamelodi Sundowns and Jacky Motshekgwa returned to the team from a failed dream move to Orlando Pirates, while Lethola “Kanu” Mofokeng and Petrus Kgadi were also added to the squad.

It is ironic that Middendorp had complained about the lack of attacking talent in the team, given he dismissed players like Letsie Koapeng and Ruzaigh Gamildien shortly after joining the club.

Tshabalala said: “The biggest issue was that we did not have enough attacking talent, but we have solved that problem by bringing in a few good players. We will see what the team can do before we can take our next step.

“Our performance against Chiefs gave us hope. We want to play the same way in league matches. If we repeat the performance, we will meet our top eight ambitions.”

Currently 14th on the log with six points from seven matches, Celtic have a fairly easy fixture against Polokwane City at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday.

Tshabalala expects his team to win the game.

Siwelele’s only win in the league came about last month when they beat AmaZulu 2-0 away from home.

“We were patient during a very bad spell and we are confident that we will win on Sunday. We saw how fans were happy when we won the Macufe Cup.

“Winning brings supporters to the stadium and for us to attract our fans, we have to do that,” the Celtic owner said.

Tshabalala said the club would still be beefing up the squad. – See more at: