Gordinho grateful for Celtic trust

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Gordinho made his Phunya Sele Sele debut in a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows on Sunday just days after joining the club from Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs last week loaned the defender to Celtic for a year as part of the deal to bring in midfielder Kabelo Mahlasela, whose Amakhosi bow has been delayed by injury.

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Gordinho played seven games for Chiefs this season before a rib injury derailed his progress. Daniel Cardoso, Teenage Hadebe and Siyabonga Ngezana have gone on to win the favour of coach Steve Komphela at the back at Naturena as Bafana Bafana international Erick Mathoho finds himself demoted to the bench.

"It felt good to play again and I just want to thank the coach [Veselin Jelusic] and the technical team for allowing me to play on such short notice," said Gordinho.

"Training with the guys for only two days and then playing a game, it was an opportunity that I took and an opportunity that the club trusted me with. I'm just happy that we got the three points."

Gordinho's move caught many by surprise, having made 30 appearances for Chiefs in 2016/17 as he notably won the PSL Player of the Month prize for August/September 2016.

The 23-year-old, who made his Bafana debut in June last year, says such developments are part and parcel of professional football.

"It shocked everybody? I don't know if shocked is the right word but it's part of football," he said.

"But once more I thank the club for allowing me to come down here and to add quality to the team and help them through the next part of the league this season."

With Wandisile Letlabika out injured, Gordinho and Alfred Ndengane are again expected to play in central defence against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.