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High riding Chiefs respect Celtic

Wandisile Letlabika of Celtic and George Lebese of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Wandisile Letlabika of Celtic and George Lebese of Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Stuart Baxter says his Kaizer Chiefs side are high on confidence ahead of their clash with Bloemfonetin Celtic, but added that they would show the necessary respect to Phunya Sele Sele.

“Definitely, we will not take them for granted,” he said.

“Celtic are difficult at home … they think they can beat anyone when they play at home.”

Baxter’s men are in cruise control at the moment, on top of the Absa Premiership standings with 46 points from 18 matches and still unbeaten this season.

Celtic are 10th, but are tricky opponents at home and they are making progress after the return of Clinton Larsen as coach.

As tomorrow evening’s game (7.30pm) draws near, talk of Itumeleng Khune starting ahead of Brilliant Khuzwayo in goal seems to have been diminishing.

Khune has been injured since September and his place was taken by Khuzwayo, who has shone for the club and subsequently received a call-up to Bafana Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.

With Khune having been out for so long, Baxter said he would not rush him back.

“I will speak to goalkeeping coach Rainer Dinkelacker and hear what he says,” he said.

Apart from the injury, Khune has been the subject of talk lately because he is yet to commit to the club’s proposed three-year contract extension.

Expectations are that Chiefs will continue their winning streak against Celtic.

They have a 15-point lead over Mamelodi Sundowns, who have 31 points, with a game in hand.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was coy in responding to his side’s readiness for the next round of the Absa Premiership.

The Chloorkop side host Moroka Swallows this evening (7.30pm) at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

“Swallows have done well under Fani Madida,” he said.

“I see they play the same system as Liverpool, with five defenders in the line-up.”

The 15-point gap opened by Chiefs is something which does not bother Mosimane.

“We will worry about what we can control and not what we can’t control.”

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