Defence crisis for Celtic


With left-back Ditheko Mototo still out serving his suspension, Celtic have suffered another major blow with the news that defender Billy Ratsoana has been ruled out of action for the next two months due to a knee injury.

Ratsoana joins striker Petrus Mahlatse on an injury list that probably presents coach Mich D’Avray with a headache as he is still struggling to build Phunya Sele Sele into a force to be reckoned with.

Celtic manager Khumbulani Konco has confirmed the injury to the former Golden Arrows’ defender, who has been enjoying good form since joining Siwelele at the beginning of the season.

“It’s bad news. With Mototo out due to suspension and now Ratsoana ruled out of action for couple of months, it certainly give us a tough task to work around and come up with a good strategy to build a strong defence.

“However, we have great confidence that the players that the fill the positions will do a good job for us.”

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach Tony De Nobrega is confident that the team will not repeat the same mistakes they committed during the Absa Premiership game against Moroka Swallows. Celtic threw away their 2-0 lead with only 15 minutes to go before the end of the game.

“We thought we had turned the corner until the last 15 minutes of the game. We were let down by lack of concentration at crucial stages of the game that allowed Swallows to come back and score those two goals.

“The good thing was seeing the team scoring goals and this gives us confidence that slowly but surely we are getting there,” De Nobrega added.