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Highlands Park v Bloemfontein Celtic

Highlands Park will be looking for a victory in their bid for a top eight finish when they take on unpredictable Bloemfontein Celtic in Saturday's Premiership clash at Makhulong Stadium.

The home side would appear to be the favourites on home soil after Celtic's players boycotted training this week as other staff at the club were not being paid their wages by boss Max Tshabalala.

Siwelele were threatening not to honour this weekend's clash with the Lions of the North if Tshabalala did not remedy things with immediacy.

The team have battled with off-the-pitch problems in 2018/19 due to the fragile state of the finances. Despite these woes, Celtic are in eighth place and could all but secure their place in the MTN8 next season with a win.

With that said, Highlands are enjoying a good season after being promoted from the National First Division and Owen da Gama's men are in 10th place - just two behind Celtic.

The club's official Twitter account said ahead of the game: "We promise nothing but a win Saturday at Makhulong Stadium. It's worth your hard earned R40."

Meanwhile, visiting coach Lehlohonolo Seema wants to get to the end of a tough season by doing well in the side's final two matches against Park and AmaZulu.

He said: "For the moment, we are just looking at the game we have and we are pushing hard. Mentally, the players are very strong. We need to get off this rollercoaster that we've been on."

Kickoff in the encounter is set to get underway at 15:00 in Tembisa.