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Birds Have A Score To Settle With Celtic 30/04/05
Moroka Swallows will be continuing in their quest to earn a top three league finish when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Rand Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Having knocked Phunya Sele Sele out of the Coca-Cola Cup, Swallows then went on to lose the league encounter in Bloemfontein by two goals to one and will be determined to take all three points on offer this time round.

Both sides have plenty to play for, with Swallows eyeing a top three finish, which would enable them to participate in the Champion's League, while Celtic are looking for a top eight finish, in this, their first season back in the top flight.

Both teams have been in rather inconsistent form of late, with the Birds having stopped a two game losing streak by beating Golden Arrows last week, while Celtic followed a thrilling 4-3 win over Wits with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos in their most recent outing.

Cecil Oerson, who was the top scorer in the Inland First Division last season while still at Celtic, has been one of the Birds' top players during the current campaign and he will be relishing the match against his former team-mates.

Oerson has not only got on the score sheet regularly himself, but is also a constant supplier of goals with his speedy runs and quality deliveries from the right flank.

With Mark McVeigh also having done well in his limited substitute appearances, coach Gavin Hunt also has the option of switching Oerson to the left in order to be able to accommodate 'Soweto's' cultured right foot.

With striker Shaun Permall out with a long-term knee injury, the task of scoring goals in recent matches has fallen to the young Zimbabwean, Alois Ngwerume, who has been on top form and is likely to trouble the Free State side's defence with his pace and direct style.

Phunya Sele Sele also have a number of danger men when going forward and the Dube Birds defence will do to be mindful of Jorry Merahe, a player who looks set for a bright future, as well as the powerful Collins Chabalala.

Defender Warren Lewis makes a welcome return from injury to the Birds side, although he is not excepted to start the game, while Peter Petersen and Ivan Winstanley remain long-term injury victims.

Striker Daniel Matsau, another former Celtic player, has returned to be training and is expected to be available for selection in the next few weeks.

Monday's other PSL action sees Black Leopards and Manning Rangers slugging it out in a relegation battle in the Limpopo province, while Arrows host Silver Stars in a match between two sides vying for a SAA Supa 8 finish.

Monday's fixtures are completed by the Sundowns-Wits match, which takes place at the Loftus Stadium.

All games kick off at 15H15.

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