Clinton Larsen says transfer business the reason for Celtic success
Posted: 13 September 2015 Time: 10:48
Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Clinton Larsen says the reason his side are riding high in the League is their excellent transfer business during the off-season.
Speaking after yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United took Celtic into third place, Larsen hailed his club’s signings, which have added depth and variety to his squad.
Celtic beat Maritzburg with goals from Thapelo Morena and Musa Nyatama, and a much-changed side from the one that had beaten Orlando Pirates in their previous Absa Premiership match, show-casing their strength-in-depth.
“We brought Helder Pelembe and Geoffrey Massa because we know their qualities; they are proven at international level,” Larsen says.
“For the past couple of seasons we have tried to inject some pace into the team. If you look at players we signed, like Wana [currently out injured], they will fit like a glove.”
Larsen expands on this theme in the current edition of KICK OFF magazine (Issue number 461), arguing that good transfer business is a matter of knowing what type of player to look for, and then looking in the right places.
“The South African market has been blown out of proportion and we are not a club that forks out millions for a player. We got Massa for free and Wana as well – these are players that were leading lights at teams that were struggling last season … same with Pelembe: he was at [Pirates] where chances of playing were scarce,” he says in the magazine.
Larsen also believes four hard-fought matches in the MTN8 have helped Celtic find their form a lot earlier than many other sides.
“I think playing against Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, such competitive games, made us work hard on areas where we felt we were lacking,” he explains.
“Such quality opposition, I think those extra games played in the Cup helped us improve a lot.”
Siwelele are a point behind champions Chiefs and two adrift of Ajax Cape Town at the top. They host Premiership returnees Jomo Cosmos in the next League match, at Free State Stadium on September 24 (Heritage Day).